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Arbor Day was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska in 1872. Today Arbor Day is observed throughout the world. To coincide with the Village of Montgomery Beautification Committee tree planting ceremony on April 30th the Village Board plans to proclaim April 30th as Arbor Day in the Village at their next board meeting.
The community is invited to come out and celebrate the planting of a new tree (a “Showtime” crab apple tree) at Arbor Day Park in front of the Montgomery Police Station, 10 Civic Center Drive in Montgomery at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30th. Village Board Trustee Dan Gier said about the upcoming ceremony, “This is our way of helping the environment, celebrating Arbor Day and adding beauty to the community.”
Several years ago, the Village of Montgomery was recognized as a Tree City USA Community by achieving four specific standards: 1) delegating tree care decisions to a professional arborist on the public works staff; 2) having a tree care ordinance that forms the foundation of the village’s tree care program; 3) providing a forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita; and 4) holding an annual Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Village President Matt Brolley stated, “I’m very proud of the dedication of the Village Board to maintaining and enhancing our urban forest. I urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands.”