The City of Manitowoc’s Arbor Day Celebration, which is open to the public, will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28th, 2017, in the County Board Room at the UW Manitowoc at 705 Viebahn Street. Amber Daugs from Grow It Forward, Inc. will lead a tree cheer and give an explanation of Arbor Day. A short outdoor nature hike and tree identification activity will be led by a representative from the Woodland Dunes. If the weather is inclement, a reading of an excerpt of The Lorax will take place. The activity will be followed by a ceremonial tree planting near the lakefront. Grade school students who attend will receive a free tree seedling. The celebration is sponsored by the American Transmission Corporation and the Izaak Walton League.
At the celebration, the 2016 Tree City USA award will be presented to the City of Manitowoc. This is the thirty-fourth year in a row that the City of Manitowoc has been named a Tree City USA community. The award honors the city’s commitment to effective urban forest management. The National Arbor Day Foundation sponsors the Tree City USA program in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. To receive this recognition the City of Manitowoc had to meet the four criteria: 1) have an active tree board; 2) have a tree care ordinance; 3) have an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita; and 4) have an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits. Anyone interested in planting or removing a tree in the terrace area (the area between the sidewalk and the street) must complete a permit. Go to www.manitowoc.org, click on Departments then Parks and Forestry for more information.
Questions regarding the Arbor Day Celebration or tree permits can also be answered by contacting the City of Manitowoc Parks Division at 920-686-3580 or email@example.com.