ArborScape Adopts Pine in Red Feather Lakes Colorado – estimated to be 500 years old.
“ArborScape is pledging to make sure this tree makes it to the next century,” said Matt Johnson, Marketing Manager. “It was one of our customers who alerted us to the tree and the local history around it.”
ArborScape has over twenty customers in the Glacier View Meadows community in Red Feather Lakes.
The pine in question, a ponderosa, is located in a shallow meadow among native grasses. The tree is an estimated 500 years old. The US Forest Service cored the tree to come up with an age estimate.
While conducting mountain pine beetle spraying and preventive treatments for ponderosa and lodgepole pines in western Larimer county, our crew was told about the tree by a client.
The clients asked us to inspect the tree. After concluding it was healthy, a treatment was applied to to make sure the tree stays clear of pine and engraver beetles.
The tree is remarkable given the cycles of drought, wind, pine beetle and other insects that this stout pine has endured over five centuries.
A notable tree is one that is remarkable or distinguishable in some way, or related to a famous or historical person, place or event. A tree may also be notable if the surrounding community accepts it as being special based upon its species, uniqueness, or contribution to the community. Many of the trees in these tours are notable because they are among the largest of their species in Colorado and are called Champion Trees.
Ponderosa pines are particularly vulnerable to depredation by the Mountain Pine Beetle, which has devastated the coniferous forests of the west, and thus are notable in good health whereever they’re found.
Learn more about Colorado’s notable trees here: Colorado Tree Coalition