City of Oak Ridge officials will join the Oak Ridge Environmental Quality Advisory Board at Oak Ridge’s 31st Annual Arbor Day Observance on Friday, March 4 at 10 a.m. at Linden Elementary School, located at 700 Robertsville Road. The ceremony also marks the 28th year that the City of Oak Ridge has been recognized as a Tree City USA.

At the ceremony, District Foresters with the Tennessee Department of Forestry will present the Tree City USA and Tree Line USA awards to Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch. Tree City USA, a National Arbor Day Foundation program, recognizes U.S. towns and cities that develop comprehensive urban forestry programs.

To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards: a legally constituted tree board; a community tree ordinance; a comprehensive community forestry program supported by a minimum of $2 per capita; and an Arbor Day proclamation and public tree planting ceremony. Communities must reapply for the Tree City USA designation annually.

The Arbor Day ceremony will include the planting of a Bald Cypress tree, donated by the City of Oak Ridge. Linden Elementary School students, along with Cub Scouts from Troop 226, will participate in the program.

Previous Arbor Day observances have been held at numerous locations throughout the city including the Oak Ridge Civic Center, the Senior Citizens Center, the U.T. Arboretum, Cedar Hill Park, and at Glenwood, Woodland, Linden, Willow Brook and St. Mary’s Elementary Schools.

For more information contact Jon Hetrick, Recreation and Parks Department, (865) 425-3446 or visit the city’s website at http://www.oakridgetn.gov

Media contact: Nick Sisco at (865) 425-3546 or nsisco@oakridgetn.gov