The City of Chelan has been named Tree City USA for a benchmark tenth year by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.
“There are certain requirements a city has to meet to attain the ‘Tree City USA’ distinction,” stated Chelan Parks Director, Karen Sargeant, “Among other things, a city has to allocate $2 per person towards planting and caring for trees.”
Each year, the City of Chelan plants a new tree in a city park to celebrate the ‘Tree City USA’ distinction and the Arbor Day holiday. The 2017 Arbor Day celebration will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Don Morse Park located at 619 West Manson Highway, Chelan.
As part of the annual celebration, the City will host a free hot dog barbecue with musical entertainment by the Chelan High School Jazz Band.
One hundred and fifty tubed Norway Spruce seedlings will be given away with other mementoes. An Arbor Day related educational presentation given by City of Chelan Parks Director Karen Sargeant.
The City invites the community to join in the event and celebrate the importance of trees which provide an abundance of resources and scenic landscapes to the Lake Chelan Valley and the continued commitment to be good stewards of the environment. For additional information contact Kim Fogle at (509) 682- 8023.
(Submitted by City of Chelan Parks Department/Edited by Jillian Foster)