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Clarksville to celebrate Arbor Day with new tree plantings

Clarksville Parks and RecreationClarksville, TN – Join the Clarksville Parks and Recreation department in celebration of Arbor Day on Saturday, April 13th, 2013 beginning at 9;00am at the Swan Lake Sports Complex.

Clarksvile Mayor Kim McMillan, the City Forester, along with the UT Extension and Clarksville Tree Board, invite you to help plant trees of various species including: gingko, Kentucky coffeetree, willow and shumard oak, Norway spruce, kwanzan and yoshino cherry, and forest pansy redbud.

No need to sign-up, just bring your gloves and shovels or other digging tools and join in the celebration. A limited supply of tools will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition, 300 bareroot seedlings of 3 different species including: loblolly pine, eastern ninebark, and overcup oak will be handed out at no charge, while quantities last.

The plantings will be followed by the 4th Annual Children’s Memorial Garden ceremony at 2:00pm, which will include a 57 balloon launch in remembrance of the children of our community who have lost their lives due to violence inflicted upon them.

The Arbor Day celebration will conclude with Bruce Webster, State Forester and Brian Rucker, Assistant State Forester presenting the Tree City USA award and flag to Clarksville Tree Board representative Tracy Jackson and City Forester, Joshua Rice. This will mark the 24th consecutive year that the City of Clarksville has been recognized as a Tree City USA.

“I’m very proud to be a part of this day honoring our environment and our families. I look forward every year to taking part in the tree planting activities. I also believe that the ceremony at the Children’s Memorial Garden is one of our community’s most important traditions,” said Mayor McMillan. “I encourage everyone to come out and be a part of this special day.”

To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards: a legally constituted tree board, a community tree ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program supported by a minimum of $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day proclamation and public tree planting ceremony. Communities must reapply for the Tree City USA designation annually.

“For over 100 years, Arbor Day has been celebrated to promote environmental awareness and the importance of trees. Clarksville is a community that supports and appreciates the environment and the designation as a Tree City USA is just more evidence of that fact,” said Mayor McMillan.  “I appreciate everyone involved in this program.”

For more information, please contact the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Office at 931.645.7476.

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