The Forestry Division manages trees in parks and public areas. The division plants, prunes, and maintains the health of the urban forest. In addition, monitors for insects and diseases that could cause potential harm to the trees in town.
Assessing Tree Risk
Another priority is to mitigate and manage the potential risk of trees. Forestry will minimize the risks trees possess by identifying trees that need to be pruned and removed. Trees provide "tree-mendous" value to the community such as filtering air, reducing energy costs by providing shade and shelter from winds and mitigating the effects of runoff among other environmental benefits. The responsibility of this division is to evaluate all the trees in town to maximize their value and when risks outweigh benefits.
Forestry also serves as staff liaisons to the Windsor Tree Board.
Programs & Activities
Windsor Forestry offers programs and activities for the community to participate in to help keep Windsor "tree-riffic".
Sick Tree Day is an annual resident favorite. Residents sign up and volunteer experts stop by and help diagnose common tree problems.
The Forestry Division also oversees the volunteers at the Treasure Island Demonstration Garden. In 2021, Garden volunteers are hosting several events that are free to the public. Participants meet at the garden at 31500 Laku Lake Road. Registration for most programs opens April 7 and can be accessed on the recreation group's reservation page or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions
- Bulbs, Tubers and Rhizomes - May 19, 10-11 a.m., weather permitting
- Water-wise Tips - June 16, 10-11 a.m., weather permitting
- Plant Select® Plant Walk - July 21, 10-11 a.m., weather permitting
- Basic Vegetable Gardening Tips - August 18, 10-11 a.m., weather permitting
- End of Season Garden Tasks - September 15, 10-11 a.m., weather permitting
The group is also hosting two drop-in tours. These tours are wheelchair accessible and free to the public. Drop by during the scheduled time for an expert guided tour of the garden. For details, call 303-726-7634.
- Mother’s Day Garden Tour - May 09, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
- Father’s Day Tour - June 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
The Town of Windsor’s Horticulture program serves under the Forestry division and is responsible for designing, installing and maintaining plant containers and landscape beds in various public areas around town by using summer and fall annuals, perennial shrubs, grasses, and flowers, and winter greenery. In addition, the Horticulture program provides support to Parks Maintenance staff by identifying and resolving plant health issues and by renovating and improving existing park beds. They also work with volunteers to maintain Treasure Island Demonstration Garden. Treasure Island is southeast of Eastman Park and is a delightful and beautiful little gem.