The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to Lincoln's Arbor Day Celebration at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 26 at Kooser Elementary School, 7301 N. 13th Street. Kooser students will provide entertainment for the event and Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson will read a Mayoral proclamation.
For the 41st consecutive year, the National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Lincoln as a "Tree City USA" community. Lincoln also again received a Tree City Growth Award for practicing higher levels of tree management. The Parks and Recreation Department manages more than 112,000 public trees in golf courses, parks and along streets.
J. Sterling Morton, a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, originated Arbor Day in Nebraska in 1872 by organizing the planting of about one million trees. Arbor Day was designated as a State holiday in 1885. This year's official observance is Friday, April 27. State offices will be closed that day, but City offices will remain open.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. More information is available at arborday.org/treecityusa.
For more information on the City Forestry Division, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov or call 402-441-7035. The website includes information on requesting a no-cost permit and cost share voucher to plant street trees.