Mesa County Asking Residents to Cut Down Fruit Trees
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Home owners in Palisade, Clifton and eastern portions of Orchard Mesa may have the chance to earn some cash while preserving the local environment.
The Mesa County Division of Pest Management is offering home owners cash to remove fruit trees from their property.
The Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District will pay home owners $15 - $50 per tree based on size and condition, with a maximum payment of $250.
This program is an effort to protect the health of the Grand Valley's fruit orchard industry.
Local fruit farmers say just a few untreated trees can spoil the environment for others.
"It's just like having a bunch of livestock without any fences" said Brant Harrison, Owner of Kokopelli Farms. "A fruit tree or two are breeding grounds for the bad bugs, and then they can go anywhere."
Information about this program has been sent in the mail to approximately 2,800 residences in the Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District.
This District covers Clifton and Palisade, from Interstate 70 to Orchard Mesa Canal #2.
To register for the program, visit www.ugvpcd.mesacounty.us/, or call 970-255-7121.