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City celebrates Arbor Day Friday

Mike Conway

Post Date:04/26/2018

City celebrates Arbor Day Friday

Friday is Arbor Day in the City of Merced. The City Council has issued a proclamation declaring the day, and to celebrate it students at Ada Givens School will join staff from the Public Works Department in planting Chinese pistache trees at the adjacent park at 10 a.m.

Public Works has made it a tradition to plant trees at City schools and parks on Arbor Days for decades to involve students in the planting process and teach them about the role trees play in the City.

Merced, which has more than 80,000 City-owned trees on streets and in parks, is a Tree City USA for the 37th year. To qualify as a Tree City USA a community must maintain a tree department, have a community tree ordinance, celebrate Arbor Day and spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry.

Arbor Day dates back to 1872 when a Nebraska publisher encouraged people to plant trees to beautify the state, and also to help preserve soil and provide firewood. It's estimated that more than 1 million trees were planted on the first Arbor Day.

Since then, Arbor Day has grown in popularity and spread around the globe.

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