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2017 Arbor Day celebration will commemorate Chelan as Tree City USA for 10th year

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The 2017 Arbor Day celebration will take place at Don Morse Park on April 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. City of Chelan Parks Director Karen Sargeant will give the presentation. (Photo by Jillian Foster)

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.”

The City of Chelan will celebrate its 10th year as a ‘Tree City USA’ which is a distinction awarded to the city for its commitment to community forestry. (Photo by Jillian Foster)

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 2017 Arbor Day celebration will feature a performance by the Chelan High School Jazz band, directed by Mr. Stephen Burdick. (Photo by Jillian Foster)

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)

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