June 04, 2018 0

Trees of Colorado: The Boxelder Maple

You probably don’t think of the Colorado foothills when you think about harvesting maple syrup, but both natives and settlers collected the sugary sap of the Boxelder well into the 20th century. Plains tribes like the Pawnee, Cheyenne, and Sioux used the sap to make syrup, sugar and to flavor beverages. Southwestern tribes use the inner bark to make sugary winter food. Several tribes use the wood for bowls, utensils, charcoal and for ceremonial purposes. Its soft, close-grained wood is generally unsuitable for commercial use.

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May 31, 2018 0

Trees of Colorado The Ponderosa Pine

Hoss and Little Joe may have roamed the Ponderosa in Nevada, but the Ponderosa pine is right at home along Colorado’s Front Range. In fact, it’s the most widely distributed pine in North America, covering vast areas of the western US including 2 million acres in Colorado. The Nature Conservancy considers it one of the five most iconic trees of the state. It plays a vital role in Colorado’s drinking water supply, especially in the heavily populated areas of the Front Range. Its thick foliage and carpet of needles hold snow and moisture, tempering runoff and making the Ponderosa pine a high priority for conservation and forest management.

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May 28, 2018 0

Trees Keep Memories Alive

Planting a commemorative tree ensures that memories will endure for generations. And what better time to do it than around Memorial Day? Whether the tree represents the memory of a loved one passed or a special time or place, it’s a living, growing reminder of its purpose.

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