Tree planting activities spring up
Several tree-related events are being highlighted this week leading up to Arbor Day Friday, April 27.
Park Rapids city planner Dan Walker said the Urban Forestry Committee has been working hard to emphasize tree-planting efforts in the city.
Earlier this spring, it coordinated a project with the Park Rapids Rotary Club to offer free seedling trees to residents and business owners within the city of Park Rapids for planting this spring.
"The trees were gone almost immediately," Walker said. "We're still getting calls and have a waiting list."
For those who ordered trees, the pickup date is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 4 at City Hall.
The goal of the program is to repopulate areas of the city that lost trees during last spring's windstorm, but all properties within city limits were eligible for the program.
Property owners had a choice of six tree species: Red Splendor Crabapple, Red Maple, Norway Red Pine, White Spruce, Chokecherry or Juneberry. All trees will come with a planting mat and the deciduous trees will come with a protective tube. All property owners will be given instructions on how to plant and care for the trees.
Another tree-related event this week was part of Week of the Young Child activities. Kids had the opportunity to learn about trees and take one home at Park Rapids Forest and Floral Monday.
Jadyn Sherk, 4, of Park Rapids, helped Forest and Floral owner Christine Jessen plant a tree. She didn't seem to mind getting her hands dirty.
On Thursday, Park Rapids Girl Scouts will plant trees with city forester Stephanie Paulson north of the Park Rapids Enterprise on Hollinger Street.
Paulson said she has planted trees with the Girl Scouts previously and often the Lions Club works with her to plant trees in the city around Arbor Day.
Park Rapids has also been named a Tree City USA for several years.
The Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities.
To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.
Mayor Nancy Carroll proclaimed this week as National Arbor Week in the city of Park Rapids and urged citizens to "plant trees to gladden the hearts and promote the well being of present and future generations."