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Ranch honored for tree work

Highlands Ranch was named by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for the 25th consecutive year. Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita and observe Arbor Day.

The Highlands Ranch Metro District earned the honor for maintaining the health of existing trees, fighting tree-related diseases, participating in tree and limb recycling, a tree planting program and annual Arbor Day activities. Highlands Ranch boasts more than 15,000 trees in its urban forest in parks, along roadways and in open space areas of the community.

“We are fortunate to have a community that supports our efforts and not only values a healthy tree population but also supports forestry programs such as tree and limb recycling and Arbor Day plantings,” said Bill Dailey, Metro District natural resource manager. “We are also lucky to have an outstanding, dedicated and licensed forestry staff to maintain this community resource.”

The Metro District will observe Arbor Day April 26 at Northridge Park. Local Girl Scouts will help forestry staff plant trees at the park. Planting will include a discussion with the students about the benefits of planting and nurturing trees.

For more tree care information, visit the forestry page at www.highlandsranch.org.  

Genealogy open house set

The Highlands Ranch Genealogy Society is hosting a Genealogy Day Open House from noon-5 p.m. April 21 at the Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd.

From getting started with research to getting ready to publish a book, the fair will offer educational resources to help every step of the way. There will be presentations on how to interview family members, scan photos, publish work or take advantage of free online and in-house library resources.

Representatives of Scangaroo, a mobile photo scanning service, will also scan five photos of either 3”x5” or 4”x6” for free onto a personal USB drive or for $5 onto one of their flash drives. Please email Philip@scangaroo.com to pre-schedule a time slot for photos to be scanned.

Two-day home expo slated

The annual Highlands Ranch Home Expo will feature two days of the very latest in technology along with great ideas from top-rated companies in the home improvement business to help take the guesswork out of DIY projects.

Sponsored by the Highlands Ranch Community Association and One Clear Choice Garage Doors, the expo will be from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. April 27 and 28 at Eastridge Recreation Center, 9568 University Blvd. in Highlands Ranch. Parking and admission are free and numerous specials and discounts will be offered.

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