Denver Chops ‘Mile High Million’ Trees Project

DENVER (AP) – An initiative to plant a million trees in Denver has been cut.

The Denver Post reports Monday that between 250,000 and 500,000 trees had been planted since 2006 as part of the Mile High Million tree initiative.

Funding from Suncor Energy for the program that was started by former Mayor John Hickenlooper ended last year. City officials say the focus now is on maintaining the city’s existing 2.2 million trees.

City forester Rob Davis says the region is preparing for the emerald ash borer. The beetle from Asia has damaged forests throughout the Midwest and East Coast. Last year the beetle showed up in Kansas and Davis says it’s possible it could be transported to Colorado.

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