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MEDIA ADVISORY: Metro To Celebrate Arbor Day Tomorrow

March 19, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville’s annual Arbor Day Celebration includes several recognition awards, local 4th grade student winning “My Favorite Tree” essays, Mayor Karl Dean’s presentation of the Arbor Day Mayoral Proclamation, and a tree planting in honor of Eleanor Willis, former Director of the Friends of Warner Parks and member of the Nashville Tree Foundation.  The ceremony will include the planting of trees in memory of the following Nashvillians:

  • Ernest Campbell, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School at Vanderbilt University, community leader and urban pioneer;
  • Ivanetta Davis, elementary school teacher, community leader, and widow of former Tennessee State University President, Dr Walter S Davis;
  • John Sawyer, dedicated public servant, long-time employee of Metro Public Works;
  • Thomas Sharp, dedicated public servant, six terms on the Metro Council, and Executive Director Emeritus of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association.

Nashville’s first Tree Campus USA recipients, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Tennessee State University will be honored for each having earned this designation by showcasing their dedication to the campus environment.  Other ceremony highlights will include the presentation of the George H. Cate, Jr. Award to Husk Restaurant by the Metro Tree Advisory Committee.

Black Gum and Water Oak seedlings will be distributed to those attending. The seedlings are being provided by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry. 

Arbor Day is celebrated annually to promote the proper planting and preservation of trees in our community and to encourage citizens to plant more trees for environmental enhancement.

WHO: Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Public Works, Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, Metro Parks & Recreation, Metro Tree Advisory Committee, Nashville Tree Foundation, NES, Tenn. Dept of Agriculture, Forestry Division

WHAT: Metro’s Annual Celebration of National Arbor Day

WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 2014
10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m.

WHERE: Centennial Park
2500 West End Avenue
(Celebration to take place at the event shelter by the Sunken Gardens)