Town Board likes Tree City USA idea

Like many cities, Hayden works to keep healthy the trees that add shade and character to its streets and parks.

So it makes sense that the town should make its efforts official by adding its name to the list of 94 Colorado towns that call themselves Tree Cities.

That was the sentiment of the Hayden Town Board, which gave Town Manager Russ Martin and resident Pat Holderness the go-ahead Thursday to work toward the designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation.

To become a Tree City, Hay-den must budget $2 per resident, or about $3,400, for planting and maintaining trees. The town already spends more than that amount on planting and trimming trees, Martin said.

Hayden also must have a tree ordinance and establish a tree board responsible for trees in public areas. Several residents have volunteered for such a board.

"It sounds like you got a lot of the things in place," said Vince Urbina, assistant state forester and president of the Colorado Tree Coalition, who toured the town and learned about its trees earlier Thursday.

Attaining Tree City status will qualify Hayden for grants for tree projects and will help the town plan for replacing many of downtown's ailing old-growth cottonwoods.

Board members were somewhat concerned about the tree ordinance, which must meet NADF guidelines but also should fit the town, they said.

Also Thursday, Ann Cope-land, terminal manager at Yam-pa Valley Regional Airport, updated the board about airport improvements.

On Monday, Connell Re--sources will begin the first portion of second-phase improvements by expanding the parking ramp for Boeing 757s so that it is in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

The $8 million project also will improve bus-staging areas and parking, including the addition of an automatic pay service for long-term and short-term parking, she said.

A $5 million addition to the main terminal, including a much-needed upgrade to the holding area for departing passengers, is scheduled to start in April.

Copeland reported that Con-tinental Airlines' daily flights from Houston did well this summer.

The airport is preparing for daily nonstop fall service from Salt Lake City through the Delta Connection service.

The flights, from Sept. 10 through Dec. 16, should be particularly popular with hunters, Copeland said.

YVRA and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Ass-ociation have been working to attract more carriers and increase competition with Uni-ted Express' year-round service from Denver, she said.

-- To reach Tamera Manzanares call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com

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