Trumann observes Arbor Day with planting

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Two trees were planted outside the adult education center in observance of Arbor Day on March 21. (DT Photo/Corey Clairday)

Trumann's Arbor Day observance took place Monday morning with the planting of two trees in front of the Sims-Talbot Adult Education/Workforce Development Center.

Representatives from the Arkansas Forestry Commission joined Trumann department heads, members of the tree board, representatives from Columbia Forest Products, the mayor, and other citizens to take part in the tree planting. Chris Pfieffer, a ranger with the Arkansas Forestry Commission, headed up the tree planting.

"This is our formal reentry to the Tree City USA designation," said Mayor Barbara Lewallen. The city of Trumann has been recognized as a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation for four years but had fallen out of it in recent years. Mayor Lewallen said the city has been making an effort to become a Tree City again with a goal of planting 50 trees this year and numerous seedlings.

To be recognized as a Tree City, cities must meet four standards: must have a tree board responsible for the care of all trees on city property, must have a tree care ordinance establishing the tree board and assigning responsibilities, must have an Arbor Day observance and proclamation, and must document at least $2 per capita toward planting and care of city trees.

"Trees are beautiful, they improve quality of life and air quality, and offer shade," Lewallen said.

The third Monday of March is Arkansas' day for observing Arbor Day. Pfieffer said Trumann's Arbor Day observance was the final stipulation to qualify Trumann to become a Tree City again, and he would be sending the mayor's office a Tree City USA flag and a "five years" sticker to put on the Tree City sign at city limits.

Trumann's tree board consists of: Bob Sowell (president), Rick Hammers, Gary Martin, Eric Lowery, Adam Clairday, Scotty Jones, and Barbara Lewallen.

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