New Volunteer Position
We have a new volunteer opportunity available. Our office volunteer position will be used to help with various tasks that include outreach, education, marketing, and other program support. We are open to working with whatever skills you can bring to the table. If you are interested send us an email.
Recycle your Christmas Tree
Winter Pruning
During the middle of winter, most Wyoming residents are spending their time indoors, dreaming of warmer temperatures, the coming of spring, and working in the yard. However, for those of you who have cabin fever and are looking for an outdoor project, consider getting a head start on this year’s yard work by pruning your trees.
Pruning paint is no longer considered best practice. Studies have shown that pruning paint can trap moisture in the tree which can encourage wood decay or fungi. Trees are experts at wound sealing and they don't need our help.
2021 RIC Accomplishments
Another year has gone by and we accomplished a lot. Take a look at our accomplishment report below to see what we accomplished.

This would not be possible without our sponsors and volunteers. We will continue to provide street trees to our community and accomplish great things.
Rooted in Cheyenne Cruise Night
Cheyenne Cruise Nights host a car cruise event every Saturday night during the warmer months. Each Saturday a different non-profit is represented and money raised at the event goes toward that non-profit.
On October 9th, Rooted in Cheyenne participated in the Cheyenne Cruise Nights Event. We raised over $300 and got to see some cool cars. Cheyenne has a great classic car scene.
Warm Winters And What That Means For Our Trees
This has been an unusually warm introduction to our long winters here in Cheyenne. The extra bit of summer has been nice, but is there a possible side effect on our trees? Some trees have even begun budding out new leaves, could this harm or delay them next spring?

While leaves budding out will freeze and die with the eventual frost and cool weather, it will not negatively impact the tree in a significant way in the spring. Most trees will be able to recover quickly and push out new buds and leaves in the warmth of spring and not have much in the way of dieback. Winter watering will increase the health and likelihood a tree, especially newly planted ones, will adapt to large temperature fluctuations and help the plant store energy in the winter. Some species are more prone to tip dieback, or the ends of small branches dying, but that can easily be pruned out and the tree will regenerate that growth in the warm season. 
Spruce Ips Beetle Becoming More Destructive in Cheyenne
Cheyenne Urban Forestry Division along with local arborists are continuing to observe an uptick in the number of dead and dying spruce trees in Cheyenne. This is primarily the result of the spruce ips beetle, also known as the spruce engraver beetle. This beetle was first identified about a year and a half ago and appears to be building in population. This beetle only infests spruce, such as Colorado Blue Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, and Engelmann Spruce. Other evergreens, such as pines, junipers, and firs are not affected. Spruce ips beetle prefers weakened or unhealthy trees and typically attacks the tops of trees and the branches first before moving into the main stem. Unlike mountain pine beetle which will attack and kill a tree in the same year, ips beetle usually takes multiple years to kill a tree.
Trees and Turf
Tree and grass selection, competition among plants, maintenance practices, and special situations must all be considered when trees and turf share a landscape.
Spotlight Species: Heritage Oak

Quercus x macdanielii 'clemons'
"If you want a stately shade tree for your landscape, it is time to choose the Heritage oak (Quercus x macdanielii ‘Clemons‘). This tree is known for its adaptability and toughness. With this hybrid tree, you can get the English and Bur oak species’ best attributes in one package. Make sure to select this wonderful oak for your next landscaping project."

Arbor Valley Nursery
This tree can reach up to 60 ft tall and 40 ft wide. It produces a lot of large deep green foliage that will provide dense shade for your landscape. This tree should be planted in full sun but it can adapt to many soil types. One of the few oaks that will adapt to our alkaline soils. Oaks are heralded for their strong limbs and long life span.
Spotlight Volunteer: Judy Myers
Judy is our spotlight volunteer this quarter because she is one of our new office volunteers. She has already helped us reach out to local organizations and find ways to get the word out to all demographics.

If you are interested in helping us out in the office please reach out to us.
Spotlight Sponsor: Jonah Bank
Jonah Bank is one of our first sponsors for the 2022 planting season. Sponsors are important to us so that we can keep providing tree benefits to the community. It's great to see that our sponsors are just as diverse as the benefits our trees provide.
“Rooted in Cheyenne relies on a large network of volunteers to provide our community with all the environmental, health, beautification, and economic benefits that come with increasing the tree population. We love this beautiful community and the generous people who live here. So we’re proud to support Rooted in Cheyenne!”

Michele DeHoff- VP Jonah Bank
Did you know...

Christmas Tree Edition

  • Christmas trees are grown and harvested in all 50 states
  • An acre of Christmas trees provides the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
  • It takes six to ten years of fighting heavy rain, wind, hail, and drought to get a mature tree.
  • The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510.
  • Thomas Edison's assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882. Christmas tree lights were first mass-produced in 1890.
  • Most Christmas trees are cut weeks before they get to a retail outlet. It is important to keep them watered thoroughly when they reach your home. In the first week, a Christmas tree in your home will consume as much as a quart of water per day.
Volunteers Needed
We are looking for tree care providers to help water trees. If watering trees is not your thing you can sign up to be an office volunteer and help out with administrative tasks. Check out our volunteer page at the link below to find out how you can help.
4/30- Rooted in Cheyenne Workshop @LCCC (more info to come)
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