North Dakota celebrates International Peace Garden, Vermont replants trees lost in Hurricane Irene

North Dakota

Nicknamed the “Peace Garden State” for being home to the International Peace Garden (a 2,339 acre Botanical Garden straddling the international Boundary between North Dakota and the Canadian province of Manitoba), the State of North Dakota honors Arbor Day today, the first Friday in May.

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The City of Fargo will honor Arbor Day with a tree planting by local elementary students and volunteers. The locations for the celebrations vary and include school grounds, parks city streets, bike trails and hiking areas. Bismarck will recognize Arbor Day by dedicating ceremonial Arbor Day trees to local citizens whose efforts have made a significant contribution to Bismarck’s urban forest.

According to the North Dakota Forest Service, the 2012 State Arbor Day Celebration will also honor the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts by planting a “Girl Scout Grove” at the International Peace Garden. Opened in 1932, the International Peace Garden claims to be the longest unguarded border in the world. This event offers the North Dakota Forest Service an opportunity to recognize the Girl Scouts for their many years of hands-on tree planting accomplishments.

It is fitting for the Girls Scouts to celebrate their centennial at the International Peace Garden since they were involved in its dedication in 1932.

You can find more information about the Girl Scouts Centennial, here.

Arbor Day Foundation members have helped plant more than 33,662 trees across the state last year. The State of North Dakota is currently home to 46 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in North Dakota is Fargo, population 99,200; the smallest is Pekin, population 80.

Vermont

During the fall, Vermont’s trees attract tourists from all over the United States who come to see the brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange foliage. Known as the “Green Mountain State” for its green, forest-covered mountains, Vermont also recognizes Arbor Day today.

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The Vermont Division of Forestry offers a variety of activities for Arbor Day 2012. Vermont students (grades 1-8th) can engage in learning about trees through the “Growing Works of Art” contest. This competition is meant to enrich students’ knowledge about Vermont’s trees and provide students with an opportunity to author what will become a set of trading cards to be collected by students across the state.  You can learn more about the Growing Works of Art contest, here.

Vermont also hosts a unique activity called the “Arbor Day Passport.”  Students (grades K-8th) complete a certain number of workbook projects to receive prizes such as a set of Tree Trading Cards or a Vermont State Parks day use pass. Learn more here.

Over the past year, Hurricane Irene caused some of the worst flooding Vermont had seen in 83 years. As a result of the tropical storm, many trees were blown down or damaged and had to be trimmed or taken down. Vermont was the first state to designate a day to clean up the entire state known as, “Green Up Day.”

This year, The State Irene Recovery Office has partnered with Green Up Vermont to incorporate Irene recovery activities into Green Up Day, creating the Green Up to Recover initiative. If you’re interested in being involved with the tree-planting or other environmental volunteer opportunities associated with Green Up Day, you can find more information here.

Arbor Day Foundation members have helped plant more than 65,715 trees across the state last year.  The State of Vermont is currently home to 8 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in Vermont is Burlington, population 39,348; the smallest is Peacham, population 668.

 

Dallas Morning News runs Arbor Day op-ed

John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, had an op-ed  printed in the Dallas Morning News last Friday, April 27 – National Arbor Day.

In the piece, John discussed J. Sterling Morton’s wish for each generation to do its part as trustees of the earth. The spread of responsible urban forest management through Tree City USA, coupled with laws to protect our air, water and natural resources, are successes to celebrate, he writes. But in more recent years, he adds, the problem-solving conservationist spirit behind those milestones has diminished, with potentially destructive consequences for the earth.

The piece is best read in whole rather than snippets, so I will forgo attempting to summarize and instead invite you to read it for yourself here.

Wyoming inspires the Arbor Day spirit year-round

Wyoming marks Arbor Day today, the last Monday in April.

Cheyenne and Casper, the two largest cities in the sparsely-populated Equality State, both have activities planned.

Wyoming residents have often been an inspiration for the Arbor Day Foundation, and vice versa. The Casper-based Laurie’s Inn, the first certified Nature Explore classroom in the state of Wyoming, was recertified for the third year in a row in 2011. Inn owner and childcare provider Laura Stadtfeld is eager to share the wonders of the outdoors with both children and their families.

Likewise, Lisa Olson, director of forestry for Cheyenne, was inspired by the awesome and enriching experience children were having at our tree house here at Arbor Day Farm, an experience noted by our founder and chief executive John Rosenow during his remarks on the dedication of the new Discovery Ride Depot this past weekend.

As John described it, Lisa was so inspired by what she saw that she decided her hometown needed something similar. Lisa kept at it until her dream became a reality. Cheyenne now has a 20-foot tall tower adjoining a grove of ponderosa pine trees in the city’s Lions Park.

The enjoyment children derive from this community treasure in Cheyenne is plain to see. The success is obvious, according to Lisa. “When it came time to evaluate success of the project,” she says, “I suggested that the grantor simply look at how the wooden steps are already being worn down.”

Wyoming is currently home to 42 Tree City USA communities, accounting for 337,766 people. The largest Tree City USA in the State of Wyoming is Cheyenne, population 57,618; the smallest is Chugwater, population 244.

 Photo courtesy of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.

On Arbor Day, Nebraska is where it all began

It was 140 years ago that Nebraskan J. Sterling Morton proposed the nation’s first tree-planting holiday. A century later, the Arbor Day Foundation was launched, in large part to bring the spirit of conservation and stewardship to the forefront all year round.

The Foundation has grown and evolved a lot in the past 40 years, but the mission remains the same: we inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

Nebraska is still steeped in Arbor Day history. The Foundation continues to make its headquarters in downtown Lincoln. Tomorrow, we will hold the 40th annual Arbor Day Awards at Lied Lodge & Conference on the Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City. The winners will accept their award on the ground Morton once called his own, the site of his 52-room mansion.

Morton’s politics stressed both conservatism and conservation, a marriage less common in these times. He saw people as earth’s trustees – if we take care of our natural resources, they will take care of us.

Born in Nebraska, Arbor Day is now celebrated in all 50 states and around the world.

Nebraska is currently home to 108 Tree City USA communities, accounting for 1.2 million people. The largest Tree City USA in Nebraska is Omaha, population 440,691; the smallest is Julian, population 71.

Three of Nebraska’s neighbors in the Great Plains are also celebrating today.

Iowa, to the east, is currently home to 87 Tree City USA communities, accounting for 1.4 million people. The largest Tree City USA in Iowa is Des Moines, population 190,000; the smallest is Westphalia, population 160.

Kansas, to Nebraska’s immediate south, is currently home to 104 Tree City USA communities, accounting for nearly two million people. The largest Tree City USA in Kansas is Wichita, population 346,000; the smallest is Formoso, population 100.

And, South Dakota, to the north, is currently home to 36 Tree City USA communities, accounting for about half a million people. The largest Tree City USA in South Dakota is Sioux Falls, population 157,937; the smallest is Buffalo Gap, population 125.

Image courtesy of the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Midwestern states offer a variety of Arbor Day activities, from Curious George reading to community tree planting

(Ed. Note: 24 states celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday in April, the same date as National Arbor Day, which this year falls on the 27th. This week, we’ll be highlighting what a variety of regions are doing to prepare for the tree-planting holiday. Today, we will feature Midwest states; Monday was New England; Tuesday was the Mid-Atlantic; Wednesday was Western states; and Friday the Great Plains.)

Illinois: 

The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois is hosting a variety of activities for Arbor Day 2012.  The beloved children’s character, Curious George, kicks off the Arboretum’s Arbor Day festivities. Children can meet Curious George, hear the story Curious George Plants a Tree and help George plant a tree.

In celebration of Arbor Day, the Morton Arboretum will also be tagging several thousand trees around the City of Chicago and seven communities (Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Wheaton, Downers Grove, Lisle, and Naperville) with green value tags, proclaiming their environmental worth in dollars. You can find out more about this project and the value of trees here. Additional Arbor Day activities can be found here.

Arbor Day Foundation members have helped plant more than 266,670 trees across the state last year.

The State of Illinois is currently home to 188 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in Illinois is Chicago, population 2,746,590; the smallest is Steward, population 271.

Indiana: 

The Indianapolis Power & Light Company recognizes Arbor Day 2012 by giving away 1,000 free trees as part of the Indy Free Tree program. The Indy Free Tree program aims to promote stewardship of the environment as well as to educate the public about the importance of trees, caring for trees and planting the “Right Tree in the Right Place” so as not to interfere with power lines.

Arbor Day Foundation members have helped plant more than 279,584 trees across the state last year. If you’re interested in Arbor Day activities or tree planting volunteer opportunities in your area, please visit the arbordaynow.org Volunteer Center.

The State of Indiana is currently home to 67 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in Indiana is Indianapolis, population 860,454; the smallest is Mount Ayr, population 130.

Michigan:

Join Michigan’s Go Green Youth Challenge to honor Arbor Day this year. According to the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance website, the Go Green Youth Challenge is a statewide initiative to engage youth in environmental stewardship, community development and service-learning by participating in a campaign to plant trees in Michigan.

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Youth (K-12) are challenged to collect coins as an individual, classroom or club. The coins collected will directly fund community tree plantings. Tree planting sites include school yards, cities and towns and conservation areas such as stream bank stabilization and habitat restoration.  Check for your or other community Arbor Day celebrations in Michigan here.

Arbor Day Foundation members have helped plant more than 405,923 trees across the state last year. The State of Michigan is currently home to 120 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in Michigan is Detroit, population 850,000; the smallest is Richland, population 725.

Minnesota:

Minnesota’s 2012 Arbor Month theme is “Creating a Healthy Community Forest.” The idea is to encourage planting a wide variety of native trees to create a diverse community forest that is more resilient to large-scale devastation by tree pests. To help diversify community forests, the DNR created A Homeowner’s Guide to Creating a Healthy Yard. You can download the guide here.

You can visit Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources website to find more activity suggestions for community Arbor Day Celebrations throughout the state.

Arbor Day Foundation members have helped plant more than 225,665 trees across the state last year. The State of Minnesota is currently home to 96 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in Minnesota is Minneapolis, population 372,833; the smallest is Sunfish Lake, population 525.

Ohio: 

Various Ohio communities are honoring Arbor Day with tree giveaways, nature walks and informational sessions on how to be responsible stewards of the earth.  Wilberforce University students and staff celebrated Arbor Day early on April 18, by planting 50 trees on campus. The trees were supplied by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota.

Arbor Day Foundation members have helped plant more than 438,024 trees across Ohio last year. If you’re interested in Arbor Day activities or tree planting volunteer opportunities in your area, please visit the arbordaynow.org Volunteer Center.

The State of Ohio is currently home to 244 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in Ohio is Columbus, population 769,360; the smallest is Put-In-Bay, population 128.

Pennsylvania:

Communities in Pennsylvania are celebrating Arbor Day 2012 with festivals, tree giveaways, arborist demonstrations and tree tours.

Photo Credit: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Westchester will be showcasing its methods of combating the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle species that threatens the survival of Pennsylvania’s ash trees. The city of Westchester will be presenting an Emerald Ash Borer management plan and demonstrating how property owners can combat the insect that they hope others communities will embrace and implement.

Arbor Day Foundation members have helped plant more than 391,469 trees across the state last year. If you’re interested in Arbor Day activities or tree planting volunteer opportunities in your area, please visit the arbordaynow.org Volunteer Center.

The State of Pennsylvania is currently home to 108 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in Pennsylvania is Philadelphia, population 1,540,539; the smallest is Eagles Mere, population 150.

Western states sport forests in vast mountain ranges and dense urban centers

(Ed. Note: 24 states celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday in April, the same date as National Arbor Day, which this year falls on the 27th. This week, we’ll be highlighting what a variety of regions are doing to prepare for the tree-planting holiday. Today, we will feature Western states; Monday was New England; yesterday was the Mid-Atlantic; Thursday the Midwest; and Friday the Great Plains.)

Four Western States – Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Utah – and one Southwestern State – Texas – are among the two dozen whose state Arbor Day celebration coincides with the national holiday this Friday. Tree-lined Boise, the capital of Idaho, is pictured above.

While information on Arbor Day activities from state officials is limited, residents are encouraged to take advantage of the arbordaynow.org Volunteer Center.

Idaho

The Montana, Wyoming and Idaho-based Greater Yellowstone Whitebark Pine Committee is one of 16 individuals and organizations being recognized by the Foundation at the annual Arbor Day Awards.

Whitebark pine trees are critical to the ecosystem of the Greater Yellowstone Area, but the species faces several threats, including white pine blister rust, increasing mountain pine beetle outbreaks and competition from other forest species. The Greater Yellowstone Whitebark Pine Committee has been effective at beginning to address those threats.

The State of Idaho is currently home to 71 Tree City USA communities, accounting for nearly one million people. The largest Tree City USA in Idaho is Boise, population 205,314; the smallest is Menan, population 102.

Montana

Montana, a name derived from the Spanish word for mountains, is about one-third mountain ranges. It is one of the least populous states in the country, sending only one representative to the U.S. House, despite covering 150,000 square miles.

Gallatin National Forest covers more than two million acres in south central Montana. The forest has been the focus of replanting efforts led by the Foundation and Enterprise. Bitteroot National Forest has also been targeted for replanting.

The State of Montana is currently home to 42 Tree City USA communities, accounting for nearly half a million people. The largest Tree City USA in Montana is Billings, population 105,845; the smallest is Drummond, population 325.

Nevada

The Silver State is vast and mountainous, with the bulk of its people condensed into large metropolitan areas like Las Vegas and Reno. Nevada also sports some of the hottest and driest temperatures in the country. The shading effect of a well-placed tree is invaluable.

The State of Nevada is currently home to 12 Tree City USA communities, accounting for 1.3 million people. The largest Tree City USA in Nevada is Las Vegas, population 606,846; the smallest is Nas Fallon, population 3,000.

Utah

The Beehive State has large patches of uninhabited land, much of which is owned by the Federal Government. While dispersed on the whole, Utah is in fact one of the more urbanized states in the country. It is also among the fastest-growing.

Utah joins a number of states in offering an Arbor Day poster contest for children.

The State of Utah is currently home to 77 Tree City USA communities, accounting for 1.8 million people. The largest Tree City USA in Utah is Salt Lake City, population 174,000; the smallest is New Harmony, population 209.

Texas

In February, we wrote about the Lone Star State’s loss of 5.6 million urban trees this year due to drought. Fortunately, many of the largest cities in Texas are making a concerted effort to plant and nurture their trees.

The Committed to Community Growth Program, a project of Irving-based TXU Energy, is also receiving an Arbor Day Award this weekend in recognition of its effective partnership to improve the tree canopy in population-rich North Texas.

The State of Texas is currently home to 72 Tree City USA communities, accounting for 10 million people. The largest Tree City USA in Texas is Houston, population 2.3 million; the smallest is Buffalo Gap, population 463.

 

Mid-Atlantic states take care of their urban trees

(Ed. Note: 24 states celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday in April, the same date as National Arbor Day, which this year falls on the 27th. During the next few days, we’ll be highlighting what a variety of regions are doing to prepare for the tree-planting holiday. Yesterday, we featured New England; today we feature the Mid-Atlantic; Wednesday the West; Thursday the Midwest; and Friday the Great Plains.)

Four Mid-Atlantic States – Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia – and the District of Columbia celebrate Arbor Day this Friday.

District of Columbia

This Arbor Day the District of Columbia will finish commemorating the 100 year anniversary of receiving 3,000 cherry blossom trees from the mayor of Tokyo, symbolizing the friendship between the United States and Japan.  You can vote for America’s Favorite Cherry Tree here and the winner will be announced on Friday, April 27, Arbor Day 2012.

Over the last year, Arbor Day Foundation members have helped plant more than 15,001 trees in the DC area. If you’re interested in Arbor Day activities or tree planting volunteer opportunities in your area, please visit the arbordaynow.org Volunteer Center.

The District of Columbia is a Tree City USA community, home to 601,723 residents.

Delaware

The Delaware Forest Service hosted the 2012 Arbor Day Poster Contest for Delaware students (K-5th). This year’s theme — Trees are Terrific…From Acorn to Oak! was designed to increase knowledge about the importance and diversity of the oak tree as well as to introduce students to the process of the life cycle of a tree. A state winner will be selected to represent Delaware as it celebrates Arbor Day 2012.

Arbor Day Foundation members from Delaware have helped plant more than 37,238 trees across the state last year.  There are also several environmental volunteering opportunities throughout Delaware if you visit the arbordaynow.org Volunteer Center.

The State of Delaware is currently home to 15 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in Delaware is Wilmington, population 72,664; the smallest is Ardentown, population 300.

New York

The New York State Arbor Day Committee celebrates Arbor Day by encouraging New Yorkers of all ages to consider ways to preserve natural resources and to recognize the importance of trees and the impact they make in our everyday lives. New York is another state that holds a poster contest in hopes of promoting a healthy, balanced ecosystem to younger generations.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation offers some great tree-related activities, games and programs to help communities celebrate Arbor Day, you can check them out here.

Arbor Day Foundation members from New York have helped plant more than 396,698 trees across the state last year.

The State of New York is currently home to 104 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in New York is New York City, population 8,392,000; the smallest is Ellicottville, population 500.

New York City is the largest Tree City USA in the country.

New Jersey

Haddon Township has been selected to host the State of New Jersey’s annual celebration of Arbor Day this year on Friday, April 27th. Approximately 600 volunteers from all over New Jersey will be planting 125 trees provided by the state along with numerous state officials in attendance for the ceremony.  All volunteers — from novices to expert tree planters — are welcome.

Last year, the New Jersey Tree Foundation was awarded an Excellence in Urban Forest Leadership Award from the Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of its success at bringing new life to tough neighborhoods through tree planting.

Arbor Day Foundation members from New Jersey have helped plant more than 115,726 trees across the state over the last year.

The State of New Jersey is currently home to 172 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in New Jersey is Monmouth County, population 664,916; the smallest is Naval Weapons Station Earle population 600.

Virginia

For over 10 years, Virginia’s Clean Fairfax Council and The County of Fairfax have organized Earth Day/Arbor Day events.  The 2012 agenda includes a Community Service Stream Clean Up, Urban Forestry Workshops, Arbor Day Tree Planting, Environmental Education and Games for Kids and more.  If you would like to volunteer for this event, you can find more information here.

Arbor Day Foundation members from Virginia have helped plant more than 213,586 trees across the state over the last year. If you’re interested in Arbor Day activities or tree planting volunteer opportunities in your area, you can visit the arbordaynow.org Volunteer Center.

The State of Virginia is currently home to 56 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in Virginia is Fairfax County, population 1,059,211; the smallest is Surface Combat Systems Center, population 493.

New England states small in size, heavily forested

(Ed. Note: 24 states celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday in April, the same date as National Arbor Day, which this year falls on the 27th. During the next few days, we’ll be highlighting what a variety of regions are doing to prepare for the tree-planting holiday. Today, we will feature New England; Tuesday the Mid-Atlantic; Wednesday the West; Thursday the Midwest; and Friday the Great Plains.)

Four New England States celebrate Arbor Day this Friday: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The sugar maple, pictured below, is a staple of many New England states, though warmer winters have some concerned about the future of the species.

Connecticut

The Nutmeg State is part New York City-suburb, part higher-education hub, part industrial and part rural. The Connecticut River, which cuts through the state’s core, yields a strong maritime tradition, despite none of the small state bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Close to 60 percent of Connecticut is forested.

Connecticut residents looking for Arbor Day activities might check out the arbordaynow.org Volunteer Center.

The State of Connecticut is currently home to 19 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in Connecticut is Bridgeport, population 136,000; the smallest is Brookfield, population 16,680.

Massachusetts

Residents of the Bay State either looking to volunteer or looking to promote an existing event can connect with the Massachusetts Arborists Association Arbor Day of Service, while Boston-area residents can help plant trees in city parks. Fifth graders also had the chance participate in the 2012 Massachusetts Arbor Day Contest, with submissions due this past Friday.

Massachusetts is one of just a handful of states with a City USA on an air force base – Westover Air Force Base, the largest Air Force reserve base in the country.

The State of Massachusetts is currently home to 137 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in Massachusetts is Boston, population 645,169; the smallest is Westover Air Force Base, population 1,200.

New Hampshire

The motto for the Granite State is “Live Free or Die,” and while most do not choose to live in a cabin the woods, they like to know they have the option. State politics have tended to embrace both conservatism and conservation.

Limited information is available on Arbor Day activities, so we encourage New Hampshire residents to check out the arbordaynow.org Volunteer Center.

The State of New Hampshire is currently home to 23 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in New Hampshire is Manchester, population 108,900; the smallest is Orford, population 1,098.

Rhode Island

The Ocean State is the smallest in land mass and second most densely populated in the United States. Tree lovers can find enjoyment in both robust state forests and the healthy canopy of large cities like Providence, known for its livable and walkable feel.

What Grows On in Rhode Island is a terrific resource for volunteering events in the coming next week.

The State of Rhode Island is currently home to 10 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in Rhode Island is Providence, population 175,000; the smallest is Jamestown, population 6,000.

On Arbor Day, Colorado still recovering from decade-old forest fire

Every year, Colorado honors Arbor Day on the third Friday of April, joining many other states that recognize Arbor Day early to take advantage of the optimal planting season.

Part of Colorado’s scenic beauty and natural resources stem from the Pike and San Isabel National Forests that span three million acres in central and southeast Colorado. More than 60 percent of the water used by Denver-area residents originates in the forest as rain or snowmelt.

When the Hayman Fire – the largest fire in Colorado’s history – burned approximately 137,000 acres in 2002, moderate and high intensity burn areas suffered 100 percent tree loss, along with the loss of future seed sources for natural regeneration.

Thanks to the help of Arbor Day Foundation partners, 140,000 ponderosa pine and Douglasfir trees were recently planted.  Wildlife is beginning to return to the area and newly planted trees are now covering a landscape once barren and charred. (Ed. Note: Two Arbor Day Foundation staff members were at Pike National Forest – pictured below – last week, alongside employees of Enterprise, a critical supporter in replanting national forests. Coverage of the activity is available here and here).

The State of Colorado honors Arbor Day with tree plantings and festivals. Colorado also involves fifth graders in recognizing Arbor Day by holding a yearly, statewide, Arbor Day Poster Contest. All Colorado communities have the opportunity to participate and tailor the contest to involve more students if necessary (grades K-6th). Typically, a winning poster is chosen from the local level to compete at the overall State level. This year’s Arbor Day poster theme for Colorado is “Celebrate Trees in Our Community.” You can check out Colorado’s winning poster from last year here.

The State of Colorado is currently home to 93 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in Colorado is Denver, population 598,007; the smallest is Campo, population 154.

Photo credit: Coe Roberts

West Virginia, rich in beauty and history, celebrates Arbor Day

It’s hard to think about West Virginia without John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Road” coming to mind. The scenic beauty and hilly landscape give the state a certain lore.

Today, the Mountain State celebrates Arbor Day, as it always does the second Friday in April. While a number of communities mark the holiday today, others will hold their activities later this month.

The Division of Forestry has more details here. Today, for example, more than 100 trees are being planted in Huntington at Ritter Park fountain.

In the Foundation’s 2012 West Virginia State Report, we highlighted Beverly Creel, a member from Parkersburg who has impressively been planting membership trees since 1988. Arbor Day Foundation members in West Virginia have planted 85,259 trees in total.

Harpers Ferry, pictured above, is heavily forested and a hotbed of history. The lower portion of the town is part of Harpers Ferry National Park, but the rest operates independently. It is best known by abolitionist John Brown’s 1859 raid during the Civil War. Today, many visit for both the history and for outdoor activities like hiking, rafting and biking. The Appalachian Trail also passes through Harpers Ferry.

The State of West Virginia is currently home to 15 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in West Virginia is Huntington, population 49,129; the smallest is Harpers Ferry, population 310.