The public is invited to the City's celebration of Arbor Day at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 23 at Saratoga Elementary School, 2215 S. 13th Street. Saratoga second- and fourth-grade students as well as the school chorus will provide entertainment for the event, and City Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson will read a Mayoral proclamation. All those attending will have the opportunity to help plant new trees at the park. If the weather is bad, the celebration will move to the school gymnasium.
Arbor Day was founded in Nebraska in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The official observance in 2015 is Friday, April 24. State offices will be closed that day, but City offices will be open.
For the 38th consecutive year, the National Arbor Day Foundation has named Lincoln "Tree City USA." Lincoln also again received a Tree City Growth Award for practicing higher levels of tree management. The City Parks and Recreation Department manages more than 125,000 public trees along streets and in parks.
To qualify for the Tree City USA designation, a community must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters:
For more information on the City Forestry Division, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov or call 402-441-7035. The website includes information on requesting a no-cost permit to plant street trees.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the national Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. More information is available at arborday.org/treecityusa.