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Lander will celebrate Arbor Day on Tuesday, May 8 with a Proclamation signed by Mayor Delbert McOmie at the City Council Meeting at 6:00 pm. The proclamation celebrates Lander as a Tree City USA for the 27th Year!
In honor of this occasion, the Lander Urban Forest Council (Tree Board) will be giving away potted seedling trees at City Hall and the Parks and Recreation Department at City Park. The varieties available are:
- Nanking Cherry
- Bur Oak
- Honey Locust
- Blue Spruce
The Tree Board members are a prerequisite to the Tree City USA designation and meet monthly on the first Monday of the month at 5:15 pm. Anyone wishing to join the volunteer board is welcome and can find out more information by calling Sara Felix at 332-4647.
North Park Arboretum Revival
A project of a past “Tree Board” created an Arboretum at North Park. Many of these trees have matured and flourished while others are no longer alive. A recent “Lander Tree Assessment” was completed by Mike Garvey, a Montana Tree Consultant through the Wyoming State Forestry Department. Mike recommended the resurrection of the Arboretum, which is also a goal of the present Tree Board. It is also a hope of the Board to involve the Middle School Science department as part of an interactive Arboretum.
Towards that end the Parks and Recreation Department has just planted two Pear trees, an Asian Pear and a Parker Pear, an Ohio Buckeye, and a Larch Tree. Last fall two Hackberry were also planted to add to the variety of species planted years ago. Anyone interested in the recent Tree Assessment may contact Sara Felix at the Parks and Recreation office or at 332-4647.
Trees and Water
As the population of our nation grows and cities expand, the care of our finite water resource is becoming increasingly important. Trees play an integral role in the future quality and quantity of the surface water and groundwater that sustain us.
Water is a resource that we sometimes take too much for granted. Trees and water have an inextricable relationship and one that deserves the attention of tree boards, urban foresters, and anyone else concerned with the sustainability of our communities. George Perkins Marsh, considered by some to be the father of environmentalism, recognized this relationship and began sounding the alarm in 1874, just two years after the first Arbor Day. In his book, “The Earth as Modified by Human Action”, Marsh warned of what happened to nations in the Mediterranean region when they stripped the trees from their land. His writing laid the foundation for forest reform in America and the laws and agencies that have protected our land and waterways since the dawn of the 20th century.
Today there is renewed concern. At least 36 states anticipate freshwater shortages in the near future. Climate change and mega-wildfires threaten our forests that provide surface water to more than 180 million Americans. Importantly, urban trees are part the water picture, but they present us with a paradox. Our community trees use and need water, but they also contribute to the water cycles that make rain and provide a cost-effective way to help purify waterways through storm water retention.
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