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Hayden named a Tree City USA

— The town of Hayden is celebrating its first year as Tree City USA on Friday.

There is not a better time to do it, either. Friday is Arbor Day.

Hayden elementary students will help plant a 5-foot tall Centennial Spruce tree in Dry Creek Park to celebrate Hayden’s 100-year birthday celebration in addition to Arbor Day.

State foresters will do pruning demonstrations downtown Friday morning, and State Forester Vince Urbina from Grand Junction is bringing Hayden’s Tree City USA designation to the contest. About 30 saplings will be given to students.

Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin said the designation as Tree City is good for name recognition and makes them eligible for some grants.

The town already budgets more money for trees and trimming than is required to become a Tree City. They budget about $4,500 each year.

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As part of becoming a Tree City USA, sixth-graders last fall did an inventory of the trees in the town. Locations, species, and the health of trees have been plotted on a map of the town.

Hayden fourth- and fifth-grade students made posters to help celebrate Arbor Day. This was the first time students participated in the contest. Fifth-grader Cole Miller’s poster placed first and will be sent to the state contest.

— To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4210 or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com.