Eureka Springs to host Arbor Day Celebration
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The City of Eureka Springs Tree City Committee and the Eureka Springs Parks & Recreation Commission will co-host the annual Eureka Springs Arbor Day Celebration at Harmon Park, lower level off Grand Avenue, at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 26.
The public is invited to attend the 2013 Arbor Day Celebration.
American Legion Post #9 Honor Guard will begin the celebration with a Flag Ceremony. Mayor Morris Pate will then read the 2013 Arbor Day Proclamation.
The site of the 2013 Celebration is near the Cardinal Spring Wetland Demonstration Project, funded by a grant from the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
Elementary school students from Clear Spring School will help plant some of the trees for the project. Bruce Levine, project coordinator, will speak briefly about this project. An interpretative sign for the site will be unveiled; it was created by Sandy Martin and funded by a grant from the Upper White River Basin Foundation Inc.
Attendees at the celebration will be invited for a walk on the new Cardinal Spring Trail, led by Nathan Wilkerson, who created the trail as his Eagle Scout project.
Light refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and join the students after the celebration.
Eureka Springs is celebrating 30 years as a Tree City USA, making this community the oldest Tree City USA in Arkansas. Eureka Springs has also received the prestigious Growth Award five times. This award recognizes Eureka Springs for providing the highest level of tree care and education.
Arbor Day began in 1872.
when J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees. This holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska.
It is now a holiday observed throughout the nation and world as a day to remember that trees help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring nature into our daily lives. It celebrates that trees are a vital component of the infrastructure of our community and provide many environmental and economic benefits.