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La Veta receives $2K Tree Coalition grant

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LA VETA —  The Colorado Tree Coalition announced late last week the Town of La Veta is a recipient of a grant that will enhance the Northern Entry Way project.
The town received the $2,000 grant to expand and diversify the community’s urban canopy.  The currently bare greenway on each side of Main Street and the entrance to the town hall parking lot are the areas where this project will take place.
Trees will be planted providing a natural rural-to-urban transition to the entrance to La Veta.  According to a press release from the coalition, 16 trees will be planted and were selected under the La Veta Park and Tree Board’s advice and assistance of the resident Colorado State Forest Service foresters.
La Veta has received Tree City USA awards since 1987 and residents, as well as officials, are proud of the urban canopy.
This project will also offer educational opportunities.  There will be a tree planting and care workshop led by state foresters Mark Loveall and Derek Sokoloski with assistance from La Veta tree board members.  The date will be announced in the future and is planned to coincide with the first day of tree planting on the Northern Entry Way project.  Area gardeners and residents interested in tree planting and care are invited to attend.
The Colorado Tree Coalition awarded nearly $35,000 to 11 organizations in 2017.  Along with matching funds provided by grant recipients, this helped plant more than 360 trees in communities across the state.