At the January 30 City Council Meeting, Mayor David Still proclaimed February 18, 2023, as Arbor Day in the City of Lawrenceville. The city has celebrated Arbor Day since 2021 with tree plantings, approved Article VIII (Regulation of the Planting, Removal, and Management of Shade and Ornamental Trees on Public Property and Rights of Way) of Chapter 32 (Streets, Sidewalks, and other Public Properties) of the Code of the City of Lawrenceville, and has now applied for a Tree City USA designation.
“I urge the citizens of our beautiful city to celebrate Arbor Day and support the efforts to protect our trees and woodlands,” said Mayor David Still in his proclamation. “Planting and protecting trees promotes the well-being of our community and future generations.”
Started in 1976 by the Arbor Day Foundation, Tree City USA has recognized over 3,600 cities nationwide and is nearing the 1 million trees planted mark. To receive a Tree City recognition, cities must maintain a tree board, have a community tree ordinance, spend at least two dollars per capita on urban forestry, and celebrate Arbor Day.
“Lawrenceville is excited about the prospect of being designated by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City,” said Helen Appenzeller, Deputy Director of Planning and Development. “With the help of enthusiastic citizens and City Council, we are working to combat climate-related concerns, provide abundant renewable recourses, and beautify our community.”
The City of Lawrenceville will host its Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, February 18 in front of Slow Pour Brewing Company from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Residents are encouraged to attend the event to meet the Lawrenceville Tree Board, assist with the planting of a tree, and celebrate Arbor Day.
Members of the Lawrenceville Tree Board are Toby Groves, David Waters, Tim Mullen, Betsy Farmer, and Sue Menhorn.
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