Mesa celebrates Arbor Day April 26
By: Kevin Christopher
04/12/13 10:17 AM
April 12, 2013
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Mesa, AZ – The City of Mesa will designate Friday, April 26 as Arbor Day to celebrate the City’s commitment to tree care and planting programs.
Mayor Scott Smith will sign an Arbor Day Proclamation Monday, April 15 at the City Council meeting held at 5:45 p.m. at 57 E. First St. Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, it is celebrated on the last Friday in April.
“Arbor Day promotes how trees in Mesa help clean the air, conserve soil and water, and reduce heating and cooling costs by moderating temperatures,” Environmental and Sustainability Deputy Director Scott Bouchie said. “Celebrating Arbor Day shows our community values trees not only for their beauty but for their numerous health and environmental benefits as well.”
The City will conduct a tree planting at Candlelight Park, 1540 N. Barkley. Volunteers will also read “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss to third grade classes at select Mesa Public Schools. “The Lorax,” first published in 1971, chronicles the plight of the Lorax who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler. It has become a popular metaphor for those concerned about the human impact on the environment.
The City has also been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation for the third consecutive year to honor its commitment to community forestry. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
For more information on Arbor Day, visit mesaaz.gov/sustainability or call (480) 644-3306.
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