Branching out: Fort Lupton officials plant tree for Arbor Day

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By Andrea Tritschler

Fort Lupton’s parks and recreation department officials planted an American Elm tree on Arbor Day, Friday, April 28, to celebrate becoming a “Tree City USA”.

“Tree City USA” is a national program put on by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation. Being a “Tree City USA” can help residents cut energy costs and boost property values, according to the group’s website.

The new elm was planted at Community Center Park on First Street near the Fort Lupton Recreation Center, where it’s expected to grow as high as 75 feet tall. The parks department has planted five trees this year to become part of the “Tree City USA” program and to show residents that the town honors trees. In the future, the parks department wants to work with local schools to plant more trees.

About 3,400 cities across the country are designated as “Tree City USA” cities. Such cities make the world “greener and healthier,” according to the group’s website. Additional planted trees can cut energy consumption by up to 25 percent, according to the website; property values can go up by as much as 20 percent in a community with the designation