CHEYENNE – As part of their fifth neighborhood tree-planting event Saturday, Sept. 21, Rooted in Cheyenne and the city of Cheyenne Urban Forestry Division will celebrate the planting of their 500th tree, a crabapple adjacent to the home of Margret Paul, according to a news release.

As to why she chose a crabapple as one of two trees to be planted in her yard this weekend, Paul said, “I like the blossoms in the spring and the shade in the summer.”

The Rooted in Cheyenne program that Paul applied through requires homeowners to submit an application, agree to a site visit to ensure there is adequate space for a tree, pick a tree type and pay $50 per tree. Once a homeowner is approved for a tree to be planted, Rooted in Cheyenne steps in to offer the initial year of watering and care. All trees provided by this program are monitored for quality and health to ensure the tree takes root and thrives.

Although there are no more positions for volunteers for Saturday’s tree-planting event, Rooted in Cheyenne will be taking volunteer names for the next opportunity at www.rootedincheyenne.com.

“We have been pleasantly surprised with the outpouring of volunteer support and are grateful for everyone’s commitment to a greener Cheyenne,” said Rooted in Cheyenne Secretary Jason Hardy in the release.

Following the event, a family-friendly planting party will be from 6-8 p.m. at Danielmark’s Brewery. Families of volunteers and sponsors, along with the public, are encouraged to attend. A tree auction, tree giveaways, a coloring contest and other activities are planned.

Motorists are asked to slow down and be cautious of crews planting trees in the right-of-way on Saturday.

Further information and questions may be directed to the Cheyenne Urban Forestry Division at 307-637-6428.

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