For the 33rd consecutive year, Highlands Ranch has been named a Tree City USA by The Arbor Day Foundation. The national designation honors the community's commitment to effective urban forest management.
The Highlands Ranch Metro District achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements, which include:
• Having a tree board or department
• Having a tree-care ordinance
• Having a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita
• Having an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Forestry Supervisor Dennis Donovan said, “This is a testament to the hard work of our forestry staff and highlights our continued commitment to environmental stewardship.”
The Tree City USA program recognizes cities, communities and towns committed to planting and nurturing trees. It is sponsored by The Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
The Highlands Ranch Metro District supports a thriving urban forest through a variety of practices, including maintaining the health of existing trees, fighting tree-related insects and diseases, providing free community tree and limb recycling, leading a tree planting program and coordinating annual Arbor Day activities. Highlands Ranch boasts more than 15,000 trees in its urban forest located in parks, along roadways and in open space areas of the community.
For more information about tree care in Highlands Ranch, visit highlandsranch.org/forestry.
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