Kentucky Division of Forestry
Governor Proclaims Arbor Day as April 3

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 03, 2009  
Contact Information:  Lynn Brammer


Lynn Brammer
Kentucky Division of Forestry


Governor Proclaims Arbor Day as April 3
State ceremony and tree planting takes place at Clear Creek Park

Frankfort, Ky. (April 3, 2009) -- Gov. Steve Beshear officially proclaimed Friday, April 3, 2009 as Arbor Day in Kentucky.  Arbor Day in Kentucky has been a tradition for more than 100 years and Kentuckians throughout the state’s history have celebrated this day by planting trees and by showing appreciation for this valuable resource. 
 To commemorate Kentucky’s 117th annual Arbor Day event, a tree planting ceremony and dedication of the botanical gardens was held at Clear Creek Park in Shelbyville.  Leah MacSwords, director of the Kentucky Division of Forestry, opened the ceremony by acknowledging the importance of environmental stewardship and Arbor Day in Kentucky. 
“The environment is a priority for all our citizens and planting trees is an act of good stewardship for Kentucky’s forests, parks, communities and wildlife,” said MacSwords. 
The ceremony also honored former Division of Forestry employee Thomas “Tim” McClure by officially dedicating the park’s arboretum as the Tim McClure Botanical Gardens.  Following the dedication, a swamp white oak was planted in the gardens.  
In addition to the ceremony, the Division of Forestry recognized two cities for their participation in the Tree City USA program – a national program sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.  The city of Prospect was recognized as a newly designated participant in the Tree City USA program and the city of Shelbyville was recognized as a long-time participant in the Tree City USA program. 
Many other Arbor Day events have been planned throughout Kentucky.  Schools, communities and organizations throughout the state have held or plan to hold their own Arbor Day ceremonies to highlight the many social, environmental and economic benefits that trees provide.  For more information about the state ceremony or other Arbor Day events, contact the Kentucky Division of Forestry at 1-800-866-0555 or visit the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Web site at