Dear Mr. Newspaperman,
When is Arbor Day?
Dear A. Tree,
Arbor Day, a day to celebrate trees and nature, is celebrated on different days across the United States. Idaho shares it’s celebration with 26 other states and holds it on the last Friday in April, the most common Arbor Day. This year that date is Friday, April 26.
Forty percent of the state of Idaho is covered in trees so it is an important holiday. This year, the Forest Products Commission is giving away 28,000 tree seedlings at Arbor Day events, Home Depot and at FedEx Office locations. While you don’t have to go hug a tree on Arbor Day, tradition says you should at least plant one.
Did you know that while Kuna is not necessarily known for it’s abundance of trees, it is a designated Tree City USA Community and it has been for 22 years. Of the 67 Idaho cities designated Tree City USA Communities, only three other cities in Idaho have held the distinction longer. They include Boise, Coeur D’Alene and Lewiston.
A Tree City USA is a special designation awarded for a town or city that has met four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. The city must have a Tree Board or department. It must also have a Tree Care Ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita (that would be about $30,000 for Kuna) and have an Arbor Day observance with a proclamation.
This year, the City of Kuna will be planting trees at Sago Prarie Pond with the sixth grade class from Ross Elementary. Mayor Nelson will also be issuing a proclamation. So plant a tree. Try to plant one that will grow in this area.