Pruned by recession: City forestry budget growing back

GRETEL DAUGHERTY/The Daily Sentinel—Ryan Dennison, a forestry worker with the city of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department, prunes a tree along 13th Street, south of Gunnison Avenue. The department has wanted to plant 400 trees a year to replace older, diseased trees that must be cut down, but tree planting has been behind that pace. The budget for planting trees had been restored after being cut entirely for two years.



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GRETEL DAUGHERTY/The Daily Sentinel—Ryan Dennison, a forestry worker with the city of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department, prunes a tree along 13th Street, south of Gunnison Avenue. The department has wanted to plant 400 trees a year to replace older, diseased trees that must be cut down, but tree planting has been behind that pace. The budget for planting trees had been restored after being cut entirely for two years.

What’s the value of walking down a shaded city street on a triple-digit afternoon? How about spending the day in a park under a canopy of trees? How do you put a price tag on the cooling…




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