The IES Tree Project is focused on improving the environment and community health using tree science. The Tree Project focuses on hands-on environmental projects that integrate community-based environmental improvements and environmental education. Projects begin with an in-depth evaluation of proposed sites followed by a project design based on feedback and insight from a broad spectrum of stakeholders in the community.
Projects are developed to address the needs of the project sites using an integrated and adaptive approach paired with classroom and field curricula to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and conservation. Planting designs are developed by selecting native plants that are adapted to the existing conditions at the site and that can improve wildlife habitat, reduce pollution, and improve open space. Since its start in 2004, IES has planted more than 1,200 native trees and shrubs in high-need areas throughout the Denver metro area. Under the Tree Project, many successful planting and environmental education projects have been implemented, including the Trees for Healthy Kids and Communities in Golden, CO (2011), Trees for a Healthy Community and Economy in Broomfield (2012), multiple planting projects with the City of Wheat Ridge in its Greenbelt open space (2012 – 2019), and the multi-year Sheridan Quincy Trail project with the City of Sheridan (2015 – 2019).