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Program: Deep Roots–TREES Then and Now In and Around Highlands Ranch

April 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Monday, April 17, 2023  6:30 pm Doors Open, 7:00-8:30 pm program

Southridge Recreation Center, Upstairs Auditorium

4800 McArthur Ranch Rd

$3 Donation Suggested at Door for non-HRHS members

Trees have played an important role in the growth and development of this Northern Douglas County area.  From the earliest tropical forests of millions of years ago, to today’s modern TREE CITY USA designation, the trees of Highlands Ranch and the local area have continued to flourish, with deep roots in our community.  Petrified wood found locally reveals the former tropical landscape that today we call Douglas County.  The early pioneers relied upon the Timber Culture Act to provide acres of free government land, and the many forests supported the lumber industry.  Today, there are thousands of trees in Highlands Ranch, and the community proudly boasts the designation of Tree City, USA.  In April of 2022, that designation was once again bestowed upon HR for the 34th year!   This program will be presented in two parts–the THEN, looking at the history of trees and their significance in and around Highlands Ranch, and the NOW, which will explore the role trees play in the modern community, including the Tree City USA award.


David Johnston, President of Highlands Ranch Historical Society, will discuss the THEN, history of local Trees.

Stephen Looney, Arborist with Highlands Ranch Metro District, will discuss the NOW, trees and their importance to Highlands Ranch.

Highlands Ranch Metro District Forestry Technician Steve Looney prunes a large juniper tree in one of the Metro District’s 26 parks. Highlands Ranch has been named a Tree City USA for the 34th consecutive year by The Arbor Day Foundation.


April 17
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Southridge Recreation Center, Upstairs Auditorium
4800 McArthur Ranch Road
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130 United States
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