Fort Collins offers 2 free drop-off sites for branches broken by snowstorm

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The city of Fort Collins will make available two free limb drop-off locations for city residents whose trees were damaged by the recent large snowstorm that dumped around 20 inches of snow.

The storm March 12-14 produced heavy, wet snow that damaged many trees around the city, creating hazards.

Hageman Earth Cycle, 3501 E. Prospect Road, will receive residential limbs starting Thursday.

The former Hughes Stadium site, 2011 S. Overland Trail, is expected to start receiving limbs Saturday, but details have yet to be finalized, the city said in a news release.

Those dropping off debris will be required to show proof of Fort Collins residency with an ID or utility bill at both drop-off sites. Sites are expected to remain open for six weeks.

The city Forestry Division and Streets Department will continue cleaning up broken limbs and hazardous trees on public property but said it may take six to nine months to mitigate the hazards of private and public trees.

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Curbside cleanup hot spots

The Streets Department is focusing on curbside branch cleanup efforts in the Old Town area. This area was assessed as being most severely impacted, with borders of Riverside Avenue on the east, Prospect Road on the south, Taft Hill Road on the west and Vine Drive on the north.

Cleanup efforts have begun in the western portion of this area and will continue in this zone until hazards and downed limbs are removed.

Private tree removal help

The city has a list of licensed arborists that community members are encouraged to contact for private property. The Forestry Division licenses these companies, ensuring they have the qualifications, safety standard knowledge and insurance to work within the city.

For the list, visit www.fcgov.com/forestry/arborists.php.

When clearing tree branches and limbs, community members should refrain from placing debris on sidewalks, roads and bike lanes.

Drop-off site details

Hageman Earth Cycle

Address: 3501 E. Prospect Road

Phone: (970) 221-7173

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, weather permitting. Commercial limb drop-off will be available but not supported financially by the city.

Former Hughes Stadium site

Address: 2011 S. Overland Trail, access on Dixon Canyon Road

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily starting Saturday, weather and site permitting. Residential drop-off only.

The city has established a storm response site to answer frequently asked questions at www.fcgov.com/forestry/urban-forest-storm-response.

For public tree-related requests, send an email to forestry@fcgov.com.

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