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Join the City of Auburn Arbor Day Celebration April 12

Tree City USA logoThe City of Auburn cordially invites you to attend the City’s Arbor Day celebrationlinks to external siteon Tuesday, April 12 at Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth St SE at 11:00 a.m. City officials, along with volunteers from the Auburn Garden Club, Auburn Tree Board, Auburn Park Board, representatives from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Community Forestry Council will be planting a tree as part of the Arbor Day commemoration. The Arbor Day Tree is donated by the Auburn Garden Club.

Mayor Nancy Backus will also proclaim April 12th as Arbor Day in Auburn and encourage all citizens to support the efforts to protect our trees and woodlands, and plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations. This year we will be planting a Carolina Silverbell (Halesia tetraptera).

Carolina Silverbell (Halesia tetraptera)Auburn is recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a TREE CITY USAlinks to external site, which recognizes communities that effectively manage their urban forest and meet four TREE CITY USA standards. The standards including having a tree governing body; maintaining a comprehensive community forestry program that spends at least $2 per capita on the urban forest; maintaining a tree care ordinance; and holding an annual celebration related to Arbor Day. A member of the Statewide Washington Community Forestry Council will be on hand during the celebration to acknowledge Auburn’s designation as a “Tree City USA”.

As part of Auburn’s Tree City USA designation, the City of Auburn Planning Department manages Community Grants that encourage citizens to apply for tree plantings in residential and commercial neighborhoods. In exchange for financial assistance, groups must commit to plant, water and maintain the trees. For additional information about the Tree Grants, call the City of Auburn Planning Department at 253-931-3090.

In 2016, Arbor Day will be celebrating its 1444th anniversary. Trees are a renewable resource, giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires, and wherever they are planted; they are a source of joy, beauty and spiritual renewal. Trees can reduce erosion of our precious topsoil, cut heating and cooling costs, clean the air and provide habitat for wildlife. 

For more information about Arbor Day or planting trees, call City of Auburn Parks Department at 253-931-3043.