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Arbor Day 2011 at America the Beautiful Park on April 29

Mayor Rivera will kick off this year's Arbor Day Celebration at America the Beautiful Park on Friday, April 29 at 9:30 a.m. with representatives from the City Forestry Division, Colorado Springs Utilities and the National Forest Service and a ceremonial tree planting. Weston Solutions will present the mayor with a giant "check" for $1,500 created using an eco-friendly erosion control matting, biodegradable paint, a native seed mix, and stakes to be used later for tree plantings. The erosion control matting will be reused as part of a future parks re-vegetation project. Asplundh The Tree Expert Co. is also providing $500 toward the purchase of Arbor Day trees.

From 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. volunteers will plant approximately 25 trees along the Midland Trail between Monument Creek and Chestnut Street. Volunteers will also attach educational tags to trees sharing  the benefits of the species being planted this year: Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa), English Oak (Quercus robur), Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa), Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus), Box Elder (Acer negundo) as a part of the experimental Select Tree Program, and Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra).

Trees make our community more beautiful. In that vein, several simultaneous beautification efforts will be going on as a part of the celebration. Amateur artists are invited to paint tree-themed mini murals over the graffitre-covered columns under the adjacent I-25 bridge. In addition, over their lunch hour members of the City?s volunteer employee Green Team will complete a trail clean-up (recyclables with be picked up and recycled separately).

Volunteers should plan to bring their own lunch, water bottle, sunscreen and comfortable shoes. Volunteers will receive seedling trees to pant elsewhere in the community. For more information, visit the City?s web site: or call 719- 385-5942.




Fast Facts About Trees:

         Trees provide beautiful landscapes, can camouflage unsightly views, and provide privacy.

         Trees keep our air fresh by supplying the oxygen that we breathe and absorbing the carbon dioxide that we exhale and are emitted by factories and engines. Some trees also trap and filter out dust and pollen on their hairy leaf surfaces.

         Trees save energy. Trees are natural air conditioners - they lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves. Trees can also reduce home heating and cooling costs. Large, broad-leafed shade trees are most effective shading the east and west windows from summer sun while keeping south-facing windows open to the winter sun reduces the need to heat in winter.

         Trees act as barriers, which cuts down noise pollution and slows down strong winds.

         Trees stabilize soil and prevent erosion. Trees also absorb stormwater, which keeps pollutants out of our waterways.

         Trees provide food and shelter us from direct sunlight on hot summer days.


Photo Opportunities:

9:30 a.m. - Ceremony, presentation of Weston Solutions eco-friendly erosion control matting "check", and ceremonial tree planting


10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Volunteers planting trees and painting mini-tree murals


Noon to 1 p.m. -? Volunteers picking up trash