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Winter Park Ranch homeowner organizes planting of 800 trees

by Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News

Next spring, Winter Park Ranch residents will plant roughly 800 seedling trees in their neighborhood to help diversify their forests and ward off the lodgepole pine beetle.

Marty Cameron, a Denver resident who owns land in Winter Park Ranch, organized a community planting this year through a program offered by the Colorado State Forest Service. The program allows one person to purchase 30 trees of one species, but by going in on it together, Cameron realized he and his neighbors could order a variety of trees.

Cameron’s goal through reforestation is to create a new forest of diverse species, which will be less susceptible to the mountain pine beetle. Winter Park Ranch has been hit hard by the beetle, which killed 5,219 trees in 2006.

“I think it’s a really good thing. This is on Gov. Ritter’s agenda ” to do what we can to prevent beetle kill,” Cameron said. “Not that I’m doing this for political reasons. It’s just good environmental stewardship.”

An electrical engineer by trade and environmentalist at heart, Cameron’s background in environmental science and forestry encouraged his endeavor to seek out neighbors and organize a generous tree planting. About 26 people signed up through the Winter Park Ranch Web site, and each ordered roughly 30 to 50 trees.

Thanks to the help of his wife, Jennifer, Cameron said he was able to organize all the e-mails into one, substantial order.

In the spring, Cameron and his neighbors will pick up the seedling trees in Kremmling, at the Middle Park Conservation District. Then the trees will be divided up, so everyone gets a variety. Cameron looks forward to the planting project, which he feels will help bring the community together.

“I think we’ll meet a lot of our neighbors when we pick up the trees,” he said, chuckling.

People can still sign up to order trees through Cameron by going to the Web site, winterparkranch.org. Or for those who want to do their own community planting, the trees are available through http://www.csfs.colostate.edu.

Seedling trees are roughly $50 for 30 of the same species.


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