Town of Bluffton will celebrate Arbor Day by planting a Live Oak at Oscar Frazier Park on Friday, April 30 at 10 a.m.
“Arbor Day is an annual celebration in Bluffton during which the Town plants trees in one of our public spaces,” Mayor Lisa Sulka said. “Trees are one of Bluffton’s natural elements which makes our town special as they provide shade, habitats for many animals and beauty. They are essential for our community’s quality of life.”
Interim Town Manager Scott Marshall said maintaining the Tree City USA designation is a town priority.
“Keeping simple and meaningful commitments, such as being a Tree City USA Community, is important to who we are as Town,” Marshall said.
This year Town leaders and staff will also honor the memory of David Waugh, a member of the Town’s Beautification Committee, who passed away in January. An additional Live Oak has already been planted in his memory at Oscar Frazier Park.
Due to the COVID-19, this will not be a public event. Town leaders, staff and members of the Beautification Committee will plant the Arbor Day tree together. Arbor Day will be celebrated nationwide April 30, 2021.
Tree City USA Community Designation
The Town of Bluffton, which has received a “Tree City USA Community” designation each year since 2012, plans to continue its efforts each year as it plants more trees throughout the community. Tree City USA awards this designation to cities and towns that maintain a tree board (i.e. Beautification Committee), pass a tree ordinance (i.e. tree protection laws), spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrate Arbor Day.
About Arbor Day
Arbor Day has been celebrated throughout the world for nearly 150 years thanks to the vision of J. Sterling Morton. Morton, a former Nebraska newspaper editor and the former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under President Grover Cleveland, proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees. Arbor Day was first observed in Nebraska with the planting of nearly one million trees on April 10, 1872. Since then, communities around the globe have been celebrating the benefits of trees in urban and rural environments by planting trees once a year on Arbor Day.