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The City of Oroville Parks and Trees Department will host an Arbor Day celebration on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 starting at 10:30 A.M. at the St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School located at 1380 Bird Street, Oroville, CA.

The community-invited program will include a welcome from Wade Atteberry, City of Oroville Parks & Trees Supervisor, special greetings from Mayor, Linda Dahlmeier, information about Arbor Day, planting the right tree in the right place, and an equipment demonstration by the City of Oroville Parks and Trees Department. The Tree City USA Flag will be presented by a representative from Cal-Fire.  The program will conclude with students and City staff planting trees that were donated by PG&E, Western Environmental Consulting, Inc. and the City of Oroville.

The City for thirty-eight consecutive years has been recognized and honored by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a “Tree City USA.”  The City is proud to have over 10,000 trees which provide shade in the summer and beautiful blooms in the springtime. The City Parks & Trees Department follows a maintenance and replacement plan to insure proper care of all trees.

The Tree City USA Program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Forest Service, and the National Association of State Foresters.  A community must meet four standards to be considered.  The standards include a comprehensive community forestry program, a tree care ordinance, a tree board or department, and an Arbor Day observance.

Arbor Day traces its roots back to 1872 when Sterling Morton, Secretary of Agriculture under President Cleveland, began the program. As the program continued, it took on a new educational character by including teachers and students. Not only does the celebration provide a beautification aspect, but it contributes to a learning environment for historical events, celebrated persons and the study of trees. Forty-four states and territories now celebrate Arbor Day with hundreds of thousands of acres of trees planted by human hands

Trees are widely appreciated for their bountiful produce and the beauty they contribute to our environment. They provide many conservation benefits as well, such as: tree roots grip and hold topsoil which slows runoff reducing erosion and water pollution; leafy tree canopies conserve moisture, slow the wind, keep the air clean, help quiet loud traffic noises, and provide shade from the hot sun while creating a welcome home for birds and wildlife.  Poet Joyce Kilmer perhaps said it best, “I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree…”