in 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that
a special day be set aside for the planning of trees. This holiday, called Arbor Day, was first
observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska, and
Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world, and
trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut
heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce
oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife, and
trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for
our fires, and countless other wood products.
Trees in our town increase property values, enhance the economic
vitality of business areas, and beautify our community, and
WHEREAS, trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal, and
WHEREAS, the Town of Amherst has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for twenty-nine years, and desires to continue its tree-planting ways,
WHEREAS, multiple events are planned throughout the month of April involving the care, education and planting of trees including April 1, 2017 Public Shade Tree Committee Spring Into Service on University Drive; April 8, 2017 Public Shade Tree Committee 2nd Saturday of the Month Tree Planting on Amity Street; April 13, 2017 Memorial Tree Planting for John P. Musante on the Town Common; April 22, 2017 Amherst Sustainability Festival on the Town Common; and April 29, 2017 Mass Arborist Association Arbor Day of Service with University of Massachusetts Amherst Stockbridge School of Agriculture in and around our parks.
NOW, THEREFORE, We, The Select Board of the Town of Amherst, do hereby proclaim the month of April, as ARBOR MONTH in the Town of Amherst, and, we urge all citizens to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands and to support our Town’s urban forestry program.
VOTED AND DATED this 20th day of March, 2017.
AMHERST SELECT BOARD