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Arbor Day

Trees are terrific In Cities and towns!Metro To Celebrate Arbor Day On Thursday, March 12, 2015

WHO: Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Public Works, Metro Beautification and Environment Commission, Metro Parks, Metro Tree Advisory Committee, Nashville Tree Foundation, Nashville Electric Service, Tennessee Department of Agriculture-Forestry Division

WHAT: Metro’s Annual Celebration of National Arbor Day

WHEN: Thursday, March 12, 11:00 AM

WHERE: Centennial Park event shelter by the Sunken Gardens

Nashville’s annual Arbor Day Celebration includes several recognition awards, student essays and tree dedications promoting the importance of trees to our community. Trees help with stormwater and air quality, reduce energy cost, and provide wildlife habitat and beauty.

The Arbor Day Foundation recognition programs include Tree City USA, Tree Line USA and new to Nashville, Tree Campus USA.

Nashville will receive its 20th Tree City USA designation in recognition of the Metro Tree Advisory Committee, the Metro Tree Ordinance, the expenditure of 2 dollars per capita on trees, and the hosting of the official Arbor Day Ceremony.

For the 7th year, Nashville Electric Service will receive a Tree Line USA Utility designation. This recognition is given to utilities that demonstrate their commitment to providing safe, efficient service while helping protect and preserve community trees.

We are honored to recognize Nashville’s 3rd Tree Campus USA, Belmont University. The first 2 Tree Campus USA recipients, Trevecca Nazarene University and Tennessee State University earned this designation in 2013 by showcasing their dedication to the campus environment. The standards include a Campus Tree Advisory Committee, tree care plan with dedicated expenditures, an Arbor Day observance and hosting a service learning project.

Another program highlight will be the reading by 3 local 5th graders of their winning Arbor Day student essays, My Favorite Tree.

This year’s George H. Cate, Jr. award will be presented to the Bellevue Library. Each year, this award is given to an organization whose work exceeds the spirit and intention of the Metro Nashville Tree Ordinance.

The city’s Arbor Day ceremony will include planting of trees in memory of the following Nashvillians: George Barrett, Cecil Branstetter, John Stephens, and E.James Utley III. A tree will also be planted in honor of Lawrence Jackson for his many years of service to the Metro Beautification and Environment Commission.

Concluding the ceremony, Mayor Dean will read the Nashville Arbor Day Mayoral Proclamation.

Following the ceremony, the Christie Cookie Company will sponsor a reception. Additionally, Overcup Oak and Redbud seedlings will be offered to those attending. The seedlings are being provided by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry. The planting of these native seedlings by Nashvillians is a step toward the continued goal of Nashville and Davidson County having a robust and sustainable urban forest.