Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet
Celebrate Kentucky's 110th Arbor Day April 7
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 6, 2006) - Governor Ernie Fletcher has proclaimed April 7 as the 110th Arbor Day in Kentucky.
On this special day, Kentuckians throughout the Commonwealth are encouraged to hold or participate in Arbor Day events in their communities. It is a fitting occasion for showing appreciation for one of our most valuable resources - our trees.
National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. Many states, including Kentucky, celebrate Arbor Day at other times better suited to their growing seasons. Arbor Day in Kentucky is always celebrated on the first Friday in April.
The state Arbor Day celebration traditionally has been held in Frankfort, but this year the state ceremony took place April 1 in Southgate - one of four Kentucky cities recognized this year as Tree City USA (TCUSA) cities. The other three cities are Strathmore Manor and Audubon Park, both in Jefferson County, and Fort Campbell. Kentucky now has 26 Tree City USA cities. Each has demonstrated a strong commitment to management of its urban forests. The National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters sponsor the TCUSA program.
Many schools, communities and organizations are planning local ceremonies to highlight the social, environmental and economic benefits of trees, including reduced soil erosion, lower heating and cooling costs, increased property values, increased community pride and jobs. Leah MacSwords, director of the Division of Forestry, encourages everyone to celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree or attending a tree planting ceremony in the community.
Information about Arbor Day is available on the National Arbor Day Foundation Web site, www.arborday.org <http://www.arborday.org>.