City Celebrates Arbor Day on April 26th at 2:30 pm
City residents and officials are invited to an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony on Friday, April 26th, to recognize the importance of planting, nurturing, and celebrating trees in our community. City Forester Tony Gliot has organized the special celebration in keeping with the City’s proclamation of April 26th as "Arbor Day."
Several new trees will be planted on the public parkway adjacent to Northwest Park, at the corner of Dee Road and Glenview Avenue. The Arbor Day ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m.
The Public Works Department designated this location for tree planting because many parkway trees, in the neighborhood around Northwest Park, have recently been removed due to Emerald Ash Borer infestation. The new trees planted on Arbor Day will help to take the place of the City’s declining Ash trees.
The City is also celebrating 29 years as a "Tree City USA" award recipient. The award is presented annually by the National Arbor Day Foundation, to recognize a commitment to preserving and enhancing the urban forest.
Julius Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day in 1872, with the planting of over a million trees in Nebraska. Now, communities throughout the United States and the world celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees on the last Friday in April. The benefits of tree planting include shading out the hot summer sun, reducing pollutants in our air and water, buffering noise and light pollution, preventing erosion, and more.