City of Lincoln
2009 Media Releases
Mayor Chris Beutler invites the public to join him, St. Joseph Catholic School students and the City's Parks and Recreation Department in celebrating Arbor Day 2009. A public celebration is set for 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 22 at the Trendwood Park playground, south of "A" Street at S. 77th St.
Mayor Beutler will read an Arbor Day Proclamation, and the St. Joseph students will provide entertainment for the 30-minute program. Weather permitting, the students and others attending will help plant 22 trees in Trendwood Park in observance of Arbor Day's 137th anniversary and in recognition of the "Re Tree Nebraska" program. The Re Tree Nebraska program is a campaign to plant one million trees in Nebraska by 2017.
In case of bad weather, the celebration will be at St. Joseph's, which is south of the park at 1940 S. 77th St.
Pinnacle Bank is again the corporate sponsor for this year's Arbor Day tree planting ceremony. Great Plains Nursery is supplying the trees.
Re Tree Nebraska is being led by the Nebraska Forest Service, the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative and several UNL entities - the Extension Service, the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Arbor Day was founded in Nebraska in 1872, by J. Sterling Morton, a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The official observance in 2009 is April 24. State offices will be closed that day, but City offices will be open.