Boys and girls from all three fifth grade classes at Cedaredge Elementary School took part in a program and tree planting to celebrate Arbor Day. Even though the local event was scheduled for the first day of May, rather than in April hoping for better weather, the morning was a bit chilly on the field and playground.
Jim Leser spoke of the annual tree planting, organized by the Cedaredge Tree Board, meeting an important part of the criteria for the Town of Cedaredge to be recognized as a Tree City USA. This will be the 19th year in a row that Cedaredge will achieve this honor from the Arbor Day Foundation.
Students were encouraged by Leser to identify the many benefits we receive from trees. Among the answers given were giving shade, providing lumber and wood for heating stoves, and giving off oxygen.
"Besides planting trees in your yard or helping plant or care for trees on public land," Leser said, "you could read a book about trees, learn to identify trees, visit a local park, take a nature hike ... or you could just enjoy being outdoors."
Mayor Pat Means read the town's Arbor Day proclamation for 2013. She said, "Arbor Day is more than just a holiday. It is a promise to the earth, celebrating a desire to enrich our communities with the natural abundance that trees bring to our lives. Other holidays repose upon the past. Arbor Day proposes for the future."
Poster contest winners were recognized (see related story on page 2C).
Valley Grown Nursery in Grand Junction provided the Autumn Purple seedless ash tree at a greatly reduced cost. Students named their tree "Steve Ash" and were encouraged to treat it kindly. Given proper care, the tree will grow up to 50 feet tall with a spread of up to 40 feet and will provide abundant shade.
Kamie Long, assistant district forester with the Colorado State Forest Service, assisted with the planting of the tree.blog comments powered by Disqus