FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 27, 2021
The City to celebrate Arbor Day on Thursday, April 29
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville will observe Arbor Day on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 10 a.m. with a special Arbor Day Celebration. This celebration is outdoors and open to the public with limited capacity.
The Arbor Day celebration will be held at Walker Upper Elementary School at 1564 Dairy Rd near the row of street trees on the Gentry Lane side of the school grounds. During the celebration, the Arbor Day proclamation will be read, and the Virginia Dept. of Forestry will be presenting Tree City USA items to the City of Charlottesville. This event is open to the public with limited capacity. Attendees should wear a mask and practice social distancing during the celebration.
For additional information please contact the Urban Forester Mike Ronayne at 434-970-3587 or Ronaynem@charlottesville.gov
About Arbor Day
J. Sterling Morton, A Nebraska newspaper editor and resident of Nebraska City, NE had an enthusiasm for trees and advocated strongly for individuals and civic groups to plant them. Once he became secretary of the Nebraska Territory, Morton proposed a tree planting holiday to be called “Arbor Day” at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture.
The celebration date was set for April 10, 1872 and It was estimated that more than 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.
Today, Arbor Day is celebrated in all 50 states. The most common date for the state observance is the last Friday in April. Arbor Day encourages communities to come together to organize tree-planting and litter-collecting events on or around the holiday.
For more information about Arbor Day, visit arborday.org
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