Hopkinsville to Celebrate National Arbor Day with Tree-Planting & Proclamation
At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, the Hopkinsville Public Works Department will be planting a tree at the Fitness Trail, located by the Hopkinsville Fire Station at Riverfront Drive and West First Street. The ceremonial treeplanting will be followed by an Arbor Day Proclamation from Mayor Wendell Lynch.
The media is welcome to attend. Typical Arbor Day festivities were canceled this year due to COVID-19 concerns. The public, however, is still encouraged to participate in their own way, by planting trees at home and within other appropriate ways and locations around the community.
In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees. This national holiday, now known as Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska. It is now recognized around the world.
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 life-giving oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife.
For more information on local Arbor Day efforts, contact Hopkinsville Beautification Coordinator Heather Braun at 270-498-1555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.