City of Oak Ridge officials will join the Oak Ridge Environmental Quality Advisory Board (EQAB) at Oak Ridge’s 32nd Annual Arbor Day Observance on Friday, March 3, 2017, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s School, located at 323 Vermont Avenue. The ceremony also marks the 29th 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 Southern Red Oak tree, donated by the City of Oak Ridge and SiteOne Landscape Supply. St. Mary’s School students, along with Cub Scouts from Troop 329, 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, and Willow Brook Elementary Schools.