[4/24/20] Arbor Day
Date(s) - 04/24/2020
Celebrate Arbor Day By Adding a Tree To Your Yard
As the nights warm and the days lengthen, April is a great time to add a tree to your urban landscape. Arbor Day is a holiday that is celebrated all around the world on the last Friday of April by planting, learning about, and celebrating trees.
Municipalities that are part of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program have made a commitment to urban and community forestry and work to protect and maintain the trees in their jurisdiction. The City of Chelan is a certified Tree City USA and though it will not be celebrating its annual Arbor Day and tree giveaway event this April to be mindful of public health and safety, it remains very committed to its urban forests. Recently, Chelan teamed up with Cascadia Conservation District to conduct a Tree Canopy Assessment throughout the urban growth area.
The study can be used as a baseline to gauge canopy growth or loss and to identify areas where trees are lacking. This is important because trees offer a wealth of benefits ranging from temperature regulation and air purification to increased health and wellness. The report is available online at cascadiacd.org. Many Chelan residents in areas identified as having few trees will be seeing a post card arriving in their mailbox encouraging tree plantings with suggestions of plants suitable for their area.
If you are interested in celebrating the upcoming holiday, consider a membership with the Arbor Day Foundation. A membership costs $10 and includes 10 free trees sent to you in the mail. There are also nurseries throughout Chelan County that offer native and ornamental plants and can provide planting and care recommendations. Other great resources include WSU Extension, Chelan PUD, and Cascadia Conservation District.
Funds for this project were provided by the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program, administered through the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program. The USDA is an equal opportunity employer. Other project support came from the City of Chelan, Cascadia Conservation District, WSU Chelan County Extension, and the Chelan Ridge Firewise Community.