PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s 2012 Arbor Day Program was held yesterday and featured a tree planting ceremony on the grounds of the Oahe Family YMCA. Dan McCormick, who is the Chairman of the Pierre City Arbor Board, told those gathered for the event that Arbor Day is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April. Several 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students were on hand for the Arbor Day presentation and McCormick gave them a chance to help plant 11 trees at the Y, along Church Street. He says the trees are made up of four different species and all should be a good addition to the Y grounds.
McCormick says as the trees grow, they will offer shade in an area that previously was treeless.
Besides the Arbor Day program Monday, it was also noted that Pierre is celebrating the 29th anniversary of a Tree City USA designation. The city was recertified as a Tree City USA for another year, as mentioned yesterday by Tiffany Arp-Urban and Community Forestry Specialist with the SD Department of Agriculture. Mayor Laurie Gill says trees are such an important part of the community and this time of the year helps bring attention to that fact-especially in the wake of last year’s flood and the damage it left to many trees.
The trees that were planted at the Y yesterday were donated by Modern Woodmen. Monday’s event followed a gathering held Sunday at the Discovery Center as part of Earth Day.
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