About us

Invest in a living legacy

Rooted in Cheyenne was founded on the idea that our residents are an important part of helping to establish a greener city.  And our mission is to re-establish a long-term tree planting program in our city to help support a more diverse and resilient urban canopy and cultivate greener, healthier, more livable neighborhoods.

Cheyenne has always been a progressive city in its efforts to increase the tree canopy. As early as 1882, residents played an important role in establishing the tree canopy that we enjoy today. However, Cheyenne is experiencing a high mortality rate in its street tree population as the result of an aging forest and past extreme weather events. In addition, citizens are not adequately replacing dead trees which results in large gaps in the tree canopy. The need for a community tree planting program in Cheyenne is critical to maintain our forest canopy where trees are likely to die or have died, and extend our forest canopy where trees are less abundant.

In partnership with:

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Rooted in Cheyenne is a designated 501c(3) nonprofit which works in partnership with the Cheyenne Urban Forestry Division, and led by a volunteer Board of Directors, dedicated to improving Cheyenne’s urban forest.

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How does the program work?

We want all of the trees we plant to succeed! Not only will we deliver and plant your trees, but we offer education on our website and hold tree care workshops to teach you how to care for your trees, ensuring survivability!

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We organize the planting dates, deliver your trees, dig the holes, and make it affordable.

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Our volunteers sign up, show up, and get to know the neighbors while making neighborhoods more beautiful!

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We will return to do health assessments on your trees and let you know how they are doing.

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We do not warranty trees. We do try to give your trees the best care in order to ensure survival.

Get started today!

It’s easy to get started, just fill out our online application form and see if you qualify.

Meet Our board

Rooted in Cheyenne couldn’t be successful without the generous and talented people who make up our board.

Mark Ellison

Mark Ellison

President/Founder, Manager of Cheyenne Urban Forestry

Del Scholfield

Del Scholfield

Vice President

Jackie Suntrup

Jackie Suntrup

Program Coordinator

Brittany Smetana-Eby

Brittany Smetana-Eby

Matt Groth

Matt Groth

Jamie Kivisto

Jamie Kivisto

Outreach Committee Chair

Jason Kivisto

Jason Kivisto

Steve Lindly

Steve Lindly

Ryan Magrum

Ryan Magrum

Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds

Johanna Schandera

Johanna Schandera

Fundraising Committee Chair

Jeramiah Suntrup

Jeramiah Suntrup

Kaitlyn Wilson

Kaitlyn Wilson

Non-Discrimination Policy

Rooted in Cheyenne does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, or military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection or removal of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Our history

Cheyenne, WY, has always been a city full of ambition. With its beginnings fixed in the railway, its population began to increase significantly between 1870 and 1882. Back then, Cheyenne was not known for its vegetation, and many of our city’s new settlers longed to create a greener community out of this desert prairie land. One of Cheyenne’s new inhabitants set out to do exactly that.

James Floyd Jenkins

James Floyd Jenkins

James Floyd (“Flood” – sic.) Jenkins migrated to Cheyenne in 1876. Missing the well-established tree canopies of his home state of Wisconsin, Mr. Jenkins set out to make his new home on the plains into a city of trees. He, along with several other recognized store owners, called on the citizens of Cheyenne to help bring this goal to life.

By 1882, Mr. Jenkins had helped establish Cheyenne’s first official Arbor Day. This event encouraged citizens to purchase or donate funds to plant trees across several city blocks, and it was a success! More than 250 trees were planted (including some of the Cottonwoods we still see today) to create a green oasis in the downtown area. Cheyenne citizens then rallied together to care for and cultivate these trees, ensuring their successful growth.

Over the years, Mr. Jenkins continued his work through the city and its affiliates, helping create parks and plant trees in order to establish a healthy tree canopy. He managed to plant over three miles of trees on streets within the city, as well as in what would eventually become F.E. Warren Air Force Base; he was appointed to a city tree program initiative; and, in 1902, he created the first official tree-planting program in Cheyenne. Dubbed the Citizens Tree Committee, this committee was an integral part in creating the tree canopy that we love and enjoy today.

Mr. Jenkins committed his life to establishing Cheyenne as a city of trees. This ambition has since inspired many after him, including us, to successfully re-establish the program he held so dear to his heart.

S. R. DeBoer’s “Home of the Plans” (1948)

S. R. DeBoer’s “Home of the Plans” (1948)

Wyoming State Capitol (1930)

Wyoming State Capitol (1930)

ADDITIONAL READING

S. R. DEBOER HISTORIC LEGACY
1902 tree committee
James Jenkins autobiography
1921 Cheyenne city plan

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It’s easy to get started, just fill out our online application form and see if you qualify.

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