DENVER (CBS4) – Lone Tree has been named a Tree City USA community for the 11th time.
The Arbor Day Foundation recognized Lone Tree for its commitment to community forestry.
Lone Tree has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community: having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
In a statement, the city said the following:
• Trees promote healthier communities: Leaves filter the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles.
• Trees moderate climate, conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife.
• Trees in urban areas reduce the heat island effect caused by pavement and buildings.
• Properly placed trees can increase property values, reduce energy use and add beauty to homes and neighborhoods.
“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Lone Tree make smart investments in urban forests,” John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, said in a statement. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”
Lone Tree will officially celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lone Tree Tennis Center and Park at 9810 Sunningdale Blvd. The event will have a variety of free activities which are as follows:
• Birds of prey demonstrations by HawkQuest.
• Herb planting activities for kids.
• Electronics recycling.
• Spring flower sales.
• A sustainability booth.
• Volunteers can assist with the Willow Creek stream clean-up.
Additional information about Arbor Day activities can be found online at www.cityoflonetree.com/arborday.