Highlands Ranch has initiated a program to remove 550 Russian olive trees from the area in 2021. The Russian olive has landed on the Noxious Weeds List. Not only can each tree absorb as much as 150 gallons a day, but they are aggressive because they outcompete native tree species, and each tree drops thousands of seeds annually. The Metro District in partnership with Mile High Flood District and Mile High Youth Corps will remove the trees.

When appropriate, the Metro District staff will replant peachleaf willow or cottonwood trees from Douglas County Conservation District in areas where Russian-olives are removed. Fast-growing and native to the area, the peachleaf willow and cottonwoods provide ideal habitat for wildlife. Protecting the land from future reintroduction of Russian Olive trees is the mission announced on the Highlands Ranch website in February 2021.


We offer free estimates for tree planting, pruning, removal, cabling and bracing. We also specialize in trimming, transplanting and fertilizing shrubs and bushes. Contact us now, we are ready to help you.

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