Arbor Day kicks off celebration of trees

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A month-long community celebration of trees in Vancouver will start April 11 with an Arbor Day tree planting event at City Hall.

This year’s Arbor Day theme, “Rooted in the Past, Growing for the Future,” pays tribute to the Vancouver’s proud tree heritage and highlights goals to increase trees throughout the city for future generations. During the event, Vancouver will be recognized for its commitment with a Tree City USA Growth Award and as Tree City USA for the 23rd consecutive year.

The celebration will include brief comments by local and state officials, members of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Commission and representatives from local partner organizations. The ceremonial planting of the official Arbor Day tree, a deciduous Green Vase Zelkova tree, will conclude the event. Attendees will receive free tree seedlings to take home to plant.

Vancouver’s Arbor Day celebration and the many other Arbor Month events provided by Urban Forestry are free and open to the public.

The community is also invited to join any of the TreeTalk Workshops: Identify and Manage Hazardous Trees and a film screening of TreeVerse, this Friday; Proper Pruning and Tree Care, April 12; and NeighborWoods Stewards Training, beginning May 8. For a complete listing of activities, including times and locations, please visit Urban Forestry and click on “Arbor Month” or call 360-487-8308.