City shares reminders for beetle awareness and October 20 tree planting event in Two Rivers Park
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Beginning October 10 through November 6, residents of Glenwood Springs can drop off their fallen leaves at the old rodeo grounds, adjacent to the airport. The service is free but is only open to residents of Glenwood Springs. The collection site is not available for use by commercial operators. Leaves can be dropped off at any time of day.
When dropping off leaves, please take them out of the plastic bag and ensure any stones, litter, branches or other debris have been removed from your leaves to prevent equipment damage and worker injuries.
The City of Glenwood Springs encourages residents to remove leaves from their yards, as they can clog storm drain inlets and piping, causing street flooding. Once collected, the material will be the Glenwood Springs Streets Department will haul leaves from the rodeo grounds to the composting facility at the South Canyon landfill for processing.
To get to the collection site, head south on Midland Avenue to Airport Road. There will be signs on Airport Road explaining where to drop the leaves. The collection site will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Leaves can also be dropped off any time of year at the South Canyon Landfill for a minimal fee.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the leaf collection site, please contact Bryana Starbuck at 970-384-6441 or email@example.com.
Be Beetle Aware
Ips beetles, also known as engraver beetles, infest stressed pine and spruce trees. Recent environmental conditions, such as drought, windthrow, and fire, have created an opportunity for an influx of these beetles. These beetles develop under the bark and produce girdling tunnels that can cause dieback and kill trees. Be sure to learn how to best deal with the issue and are taking action to help protect our urban forest.
Symptoms of Ips Beetle Infestation include yellowish- or reddish-brown dust accumulating in bark crevices or around the base of the tree, tree discoloration (“fade”) or dieback at the top of the tree, woodpeckers feeding on the trunk or larger branches (they’re a common predator of the Ips beetle), and small round holes in the bark. You’ll usually see these after the beetles have already done their damage and exited the tree.
Closely monitor spruce and pine trees for infection. Notify the City immediately if you suspect your tree is infected. More information can be found on the City's Ips Beetle page. Please contact a certified arborist to conduct an accurate tree assessment on your property.
Arbor Day Tree Planting Event
Join Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation this October to celebrate Arbor Day in Glenwood Springs. You can participate by planting a tree at home or join us on Thursday, October 20 for a celebratory Arbor Day tree planting event at Two Rivers Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-register for the event online at bit.ly/ArborDayCOGS.
Trees are an efficient and inexpensive way to divert and clean storm-water, capture carbon, give us fresh air to breathe, create more biodiversity to support our local ecosystem, and better our community.
For individuals interested in planting a tree at home please see the Arbor Day Foundation's guide for planting trees, the Glenwood Springs landscaping guide, and the Glenwood Springs Xeric Species for Landscaping guide.
For questions about urban forestry, permitting, or xeric plantings, contact Downtown Supervisor and Arborist Heather Listermann via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.