Press Release - Arbor Day Festival
This press release was provided by the City of Oroville
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION IN
OROVILLE’S HISTORIC DOWNTOWN
OROVILLE, CA – March 11, 2020– The Oroville Botanical Gardens, Native Sons of the Golden West and the City of Oroville are partnering up to bring Oroville an Arbor Day Celebration. The Celebration will be this Saturday, March 14, 2020, in downtown Oroville at Bicentennial Park at the corner of Robinson St and Huntoon St. The Celebration will be held from 10AM to 4PM.
The community-invited program will include a welcome from Mayor, Chuck Reynolds, information about Arbor Day, The Tree City USA Flag will be presented by a representative from Cal-Fire. There will be a tree planting demonstration and educational discussions. The celebration will include lots of actives for kids including aerial lift demonstrations, a bounce house, vendor booths and a special appearance by the TreeCircus.
The City of Oroville, for the fortieth consecutive year 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...”
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