The John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve got greener on Feb. 9 with the planting of nine mature hardwood trees.

From left, Big Trees board president Sam Hale; Karen Meinzen McEnerny; Leslie Burke; Sandy Springs Society president Carol Anne Hendrix; City Councilmember Gabriel Sterling; Margaret Forbes, wife of the late John Ripley Forbes; Randy Pollard; Anne Forbes Spengler; and Gary Jacobs of Jacobs Landscape Company prepare for the Feb. 9 tree-planting at the John Ripley Forbes Big Tree Forest Preserve. (Kate Awtrey)

The five white oaks, two tulip poplars and two maples replace trees lost in a 2014 storm and 2015 renovations at the park at 7645 Roswell Road. The replacement trees came thanks to a $3,000 grant from the Sandy Springs Society.

Big Trees is a 30-acre forest and wildlife preserve. It was created when the late preservationist John Ripley Forbes succeeded in saving the land from a car dealership redevelopment in 1989.

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