The public is invited to the City's Arbor Day celebration at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 at Wysong Elementary School, 7901 Blanchard Blvd. Wysong students will provide entertainment for the event and Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson will read a Mayoral proclamation. Those attending will have the opportunity to help plant new trees at the school. In the event of inclement weather the celebration will move to the school gymnasium.
Arbor Day was founded in Nebraska in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The official observance in 2017 is Friday, April 28. State offices will be closed that day, but City offices will be open.
For the 40th consecutive year, the National Arbor Day Foundation has named Lincoln a "Tree City USA." Lincoln also again received a Tree City Growth Award for practicing higher levels of tree management. The City Parks and Recreation Department manages more than 125,000 public trees in golf courses and parks and along streets.
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 to plant street trees.
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.