Arbor Day 2011 at America the Beautiful Park on April 29
Mayor Rivera will kick off this year's Arbor Day Celebration at America the Beautiful Park on Friday, April 29 at 9:30 a.m. with representatives from the City Forestry Division, Colorado Springs Utilities and the National Forest Service and a ceremonial tree planting. Weston Solutions will present the mayor with a giant "check" for $1,500 created using an eco-friendly erosion control matting, biodegradable paint, a native seed mix, and stakes to be used later for tree plantings. The erosion control matting will be reused as part of a future parks re-vegetation project. Asplundh The Tree Expert Co. is also providing $500 toward the purchase of Arbor Day trees.
From 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. volunteers will plant approximately 25 trees along the Midland Trail between Monument Creek and Chestnut Street. Volunteers will also attach educational tags to trees sharing the benefits of the species being planted this year: Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa), English Oak (Quercus robur), Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa), Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus), Box Elder (Acer negundo) as a part of the experimental Select Tree Program, and Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra).
Trees make our community more beautiful. In that vein, several simultaneous beautification efforts will be going on as a part of the celebration. Amateur artists are invited to paint tree-themed mini murals over the graffitre-covered columns under the adjacent I-25 bridge. In addition, over their lunch hour members of the City?s volunteer employee Green Team will complete a trail clean-up (recyclables with be picked up and recycled separately).
Volunteers should plan to bring their own lunch, water bottle, sunscreen and comfortable shoes. Volunteers will receive seedling trees to pant elsewhere in the community. For more information, visit the City?s web site: http://www.springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=3892 or call 719- 385-5942.
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