Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony & Tree City USA Recognition Scheduled for March 22 at Glendale Acres Elementary School
(Fayetteville, N.C.) – An Arbor Day tree planting ceremony will be held at Glendale Acres Elementary School on Friday, March 22 at 10 a.m. The school is located at 2915 Skycrest Drive. Students will participate in the program and will plant several trees.
The ceremony is sponsored by the City-County Joint Appearance Commission and the Fayetteville Tree Board, Cumberland County Schools, Cumberland County Cooperative Extension, Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation and the N.C. Forest Service.
The tradition of setting aside a special day for the planting of trees dates back to 1872, when this special day, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than one million trees in Nebraska. The year 2019 is the 147th anniversary of Arbor Day, which is observed throughout the nation and world, as well as through the Tree City USA Program.
At the ceremony, the N.C. Forest Service will present the City of Fayetteville with its Tree City USA Award for the city’s accomplishments in 2018. This is the 17th year that Fayetteville has earned this national designation.
To maintain designation as a Tree City USA, a community has to show that it has met four criteria. In 2018, Fayetteville met these criteria, as follows: (1) The City continued to have a public tree ordinance, which establishes policies for managing street and park trees; (2) the City continued to have a Tree Board (which is a subset of the City-County Joint Appearance Commission); (3) the City continued to support a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita; and (4) the City, in partnership with other groups, continued to support an annual Arbor Day observance and proclamation to celebrate trees and the many benefits they provide.
Established in 1976, the Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters. The program recognizes communities that make planting and caring for trees a priority.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at https://www.arborday.org/.