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Arbor Week
100_2875.JPGArbor Week is an annual celebration of trees and the benefits that they provide, which this year falls during the week of March 20th. Urban Forestry has several opportunities available for Edmond residents to take part in the celebration this year! See below for more information about how to get involved.

City Council Recognitions
Join us at the City Council meetings in March, in support of Arbor Week! In addition to presentation of the Arbor Week Proclamation on Monday, March 13th, the State Urban Forestry Coordinator, Mark Bays, will also present Edmond’s Tree City USA and Tree Line USA recertifications that evening. At the City Council meeting on March 27th, Urban Forestry will recognize the fifth grade students selected for first through third place “Best of Show” from the Arbor Day Art Show.

Arbor Day Art Show
The Edmond Historical Society and Museum will host “Trees in Our Town” again this year, the Arbor Day Art Show exhibit made up of artwork created by Edmond fifth graders. The exhibit showcases First through Third Place and Honorable Mention entries from each participating school, and it opens on March 11th (the first weekend during Spring Break). Three “Best of Show” artworks will be selected by the Edmond Visual Arts Commission, and those students will receive recognition at the City Council meeting on March 27th. We hope you’ll stop by to view the many creative interpretations of Edmond’s trees this spring! The exhibit will run through the end of April, and visitors can enter a raffle to win a tree. Thank you to our sponsors and partners: Frame Master Gallery, Citizens Bank of Edmond, Edmond Historical Society and Museum, Edmond Public Schools, and Edmond Visual Arts Commission.

Heard on Hurd
This year’s Heard on Hurd events begin on Saturday, March 18th, which happens to be the Saturday before Arbor Week. Urban Forestry will be there to start the Arbor Week celebration early, with a display on tree canopy – be sure to stop by and say hello in between enjoying the live music and visiting the food trucks!

Westborough Park Tree Mulching

During the Arbor Week celebration in 2013, Urban Forestry worked with volunteers to plant trees in Westborough Park (at Ryan Way and Christopher Dr). This year, we will be returning on March 23rd at 4 PM to give these trees a little TLC by spreading mulch around them. Bring your Urban Forestry work gloves (if you have some) or pick up a pair at the event! Urban Forestry recommends wearing close toed shoes, comfortable clothing and sun protection, but bottled water will be provided.

Arbor Day Tree Planting
The seventh annual Arbor Day Tree Planting is scheduled for Saturday, March 25th at 10 AM. This year, volunteers will plant 29 trees in Mitch Park near the West Field monument, in a planting area that spans the front of the YMCA, between the east edge of the parking lot and Marilyn Williams Dr. As with the mulching event, volunteers should wear comfortable clothing, close toed shoes, and sun protection. Work gloves will be provided, but we encourage volunteers to bring their Urban Forestry work gloves from previous events to use. If volunteers would like to bring their own tools they are welcome to, but Urban Forestry will provide some shovels. As with past years, Urban Forestry will provide lunch at the conclusion of the planting.

Volunteer Group of the Year Award

New this year is the recognition of the Volunteer Group of the Year Award winner! Community groups have earned points all year through each member attending Urban Forestry volunteer events, increasing with the number of events attended by an individual volunteer. This is a new annual award that will be presented at the Arbor Day Tree Planting during Arbor Week in March. In April, points reset and groups can begin competing for next year’s award. The winning group will receive up to $250 of trees and Urban Forestry will place a recognition ad in a local publication.

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