The Amherst Town Council voted to proclaim April as Arbor Month here in the Town of Amherst at their April 25th meeting. The Public Shade Tree Committee is sponsoring an event on the Town Common on April 30th to educate the community involving the care and planting of trees and to distribute free tree seedlings, and a Tree Tour on May 8th at 2:00 pm.
ARBOR MONTH PROCLAMATION, 2022
Council Sponsor: Councilor Bahl-Milne; Community Sponsor: Public Shade Tree Committee
WHEREAS, in 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees, called Arbor Day, which was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska; and
WHEREAS, Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world as the last Friday in April; and
WHEREAS, trees capture carbon and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, produce oxygen for us to breathe, reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, moderate the temperature, clean the air, improve our water quality and slow run-off, and provide habitat for wildlife; and
WHEREAS, trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires, and countless other wood products; and
WHEREAS, trees can increase property values, cut heating and cooling costs, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community; and
WHEREAS, trees can provide a source of joy and spiritual renewal, enhance mood, help with healing, and reduce depression; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Amherst has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation since 1987; and
WHEREAS, the Public Shade Tree Committee is sponsoring an event on the Town Common on April 30th to educate the community involving the care and planting of trees and to distribute free tree seedlings, and a Tree Tour on May 8th at 2:00 pm.
NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Town Council of the Town of Amherst, do hereby proclaim the month of April as Arbor Month in the Town of Amherst, and we urge all residents to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands, and to support our Town’s urban forestry program.