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Forestry Division Events and Programs
Upcoming Events

Forestry Division staff will be partnering with the Aurora Public Schools COMPASS Program April 7th-14th to celebrate Arbor Day and to teach young students about the importance of trees in our community.

Held at Aurora Central Facilities, 13645 E Ellsworth Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click for more info. 

LOW WATER TREES CLASS MAY 16TH with Aurora Water. Register here.
Get to know the low-water, drought-tolerant trees that thrive in our climate. This class will introduce you to many species and their unique features in an urban landscape. Learn how to properly maintain your trees year-round for optimal health. Saturday, May 16th from 9 a.m. to 10:30 am in the xeriscape garden at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E Alameda Parkway.
EAB bug
From February until May, the Forestry Division will be conducting an aggressive search for the emerald ash borer insect (EAB) in our community. Our goal is to collect over 500 branch samples from pre-selected City Street Trees across our city. We will peel the bark off of the branches in order to detect the presence of EAB larvae that have not yet emerged as adult beetles. So far, we have not detected any presence of EAB in the City of Aurora. 

Disposal of Trees & Shrubs

Crews recycling Christmas trees
Forestry crews recycling Christmas trees.
Citizens who wish to convert tree and shrub trimmings into mulch have a few options in Aurora. You can try www.earth911.com.

Free mulch from routinely trimmed city-owned trees is available for self-loading near the intersection of East Hampden Avenue and Dawson Street, near the water treatment facility. The mulch pile is located outside, just off of Dawson Street on the west side. The site is accessible at any time, any day of the week. Bring your own shovel to load the mulch and containers or bags for loading. For questions about free mulch, call the Forestry Division at 303-739-7177.

The city does not take tree trimmings from private citizens to make into mulch.

Most trash companies will pick-up branch and tree debris, as long as the bundles of wood are no longer than 4 feet in length and 12 inches in diameter. Call and check with your residential trash hauling company. Most trash haulers will accept tree branches as long as they are cut, stacked and/or bundled in certain manners. As an alternative option, Aurora is served by two landfills; Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site at 3500 S. Gun Club Road and BFI Tower Road Landfill at 88th Avenue and Tower Road.

The Forestry Division does take part in Christmas Tree Recycling each year. Drop off locations and dates vary; please check the main Recycling Opportunities web page as the winter holidays approach each year for the schedule.
Forestry Division Home     Phone: (303) 739-7177     Email: Trees@auroragov.org
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