Forestry

 

The City of Lakewood prides itself on providing a high quality of life for citizens in our community.

We have an extensive park system and miles of street Right of Ways lined with an urban forest, made up of both deciduous and conifer trees, helping to make Lakewood a special place to live.

The City of Lakewood receives the Tree City USA award annually.

 

Urban Parks staff has extensive experience and takes pride in managing our urban forest, maintaining over 6,000 trees in the parks and approximately 33,000 street trees. We are also responsible for the trees located in Lakewood's two public golf courses, Bear Creek Lake Park, Bear Creek Greenbelt, and William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain.

Please contact the Urban Parks Division to request information regarding

  • Tree pruning and removal
  • Insect and disease problems
  • Tree selection, planting and maintenance
  • Hazardous trees and tree inspections
  • Arbor Day Activities
  • Locating a licensed arborist
  • Vegetation ordinance related issues
Trees at Fox Hollow Golf Course

 

Information

Emerald Ash Borer Survey


Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a very serious pest of ash trees. It was found in Boulder, Colorado in the fall of 2013. Colorado Department of Agriculture staff and local forestry staff are inspecting ash trees to determine the extent of the infestation.

What does EAB do?

  • Kills ash trees!
  • Larvae feed under the bark, eventually girdling the tree and cutting off nutrients.
  • Ash trees are killed within 2-4 years of first symptoms, even previously healthy trees.
  • Ash trees of all size can be attached, from 1/2 inch saplings to largest mature trees.
  • This insect is very difficult to detect because it is under the bark and the adults are only around from May to September.

 

How did EAB get here?


Infestations result from movement of infested ash trees and wood. The insect does not fly far from its own. Some of the items it moves on or in:

  • Firewood
  • Packing material/industrial wood material
  • Live plant material (nursery stock, etc.)
  • Ash wood such as logs, branches, chips, etc.

 

What is being done about this new pest?

The goal is determine the extent of the infestation through a visual survey and branch sampling of ash trees. Then management strategies will be applied to control and prevent the spread of this very damaging pest.


For more information visit the following websites:


www.colorado.gov/ag/dpi
www.emeraldashborer.info
www.dontmovefirewood.org

Contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture at 1-888-248-5535 or email

Emerald Ash Borer Survey

 

Contact Information:

Urban Parks Division
2775 S. Estes St.
Lakewood, CO 80226
Direct: 720-963-5240 | Email: parks@lakewood.org

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