On Thursday, May 26 City Foresty Paul Smith will share the multi-faceted benefits of trees while local historian Judith Rice-Jones will tell how the farsighted vision of our founders has left us with a valuable legacy worthy of preservation. Attendees will take a short walk from the park across Monument Creek along the Midland Trail to learn more about the tree species planted during this year?s Arbor Day celebration: Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa), English Oak (Quercus robur), Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa), Box Elder (Acer negundo) Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos), Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)and Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra).
The lunch-n-learn runs over the noon lunch hour, from 12:11 to 12:49 p.m. This month the event will be held at America the Beautiful Park (election ballots occupy the standard meeting space). Attendees are encouraged to bring and enjoy their lunches during the presentation. Those who come have the opportunity to win a door prize tote bag made from recycled City banners. Attendees will also receive a handout allowing them to tour Colorado Springs' notable trees at a later date.
Trees increase property values by providing beautiful landscapes, camouflaging unsightly views and increasing privacy, but did you also know that they can:
- Keep our air fresh by supplying the oxygen that we breathe and absorbing the carbon dioxide that we exhale and are emitted by factories and engines. Some trees also trap and filter out dust and pollen on their hairy leaf surfaces.
- Save energy. Trees are natural air conditioners - they lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves. Trees can also reduce home heating and cooling costs. Large, broad-leafed shade trees are most effective shading the east and west windows from summer sun while keeping south-facing windows open to the winter sun reduces the need to heat in winter.
- Act as barriers, which cuts down noise pollution and slows down strong winds.
- Stabilize soil and prevent erosion. Trees also absorb stormwater, which keeps pollutants out of our waterways.
- Provide food and shelter us from direct sunlight on hot summer days.
Each month, the City Green Team sponsors a lunch-n-learn topic on environmental issues. Questions? Contact City of Colorado Springs Sustainability Coordinator Carrie McCausland, 719-385-CSGN (2746) or firstname.lastname@example.org.