Mesa celebrates Arbor Day April 25
By: Kevin Christopher
04/8/14 5:23 PM
April 8, 2014
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Mesa, AZ – The City of Mesa has designated Friday, April 25 as Arbor Day to celebrate the City’s commitment to tree care and planting programs.
An Arbor Day Proclamation was read Monday, April 7 at the City Council meeting. 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.”
On April 25 at 9:30 a.m., the City will conduct a tree planting at the new Botanical Walk at McKellips and Ellsworth Park, 9320 E. McKellips Road, with students from Zaharis Elementary School. Volunteers that day will also read “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss to third grade classes at 12 of Mesa Public Schools and Palo Verde seed packets will be distributed to the students. “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.
You can learn more about Arbor Day at www.mesaaz.gov/sustainability/arborday.aspx. A free brochure, Tree Planting and Tree Care Guide, is available online. Copies are also available by contacting the City of Mesa Environmental and Sustainability Division at (480) 644-3306.
The City has also been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation for the fourth 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.
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