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Auburn basks in Arbor Day; new tree embraces Lea Hill Park
For the Reporter
The City of Auburn and community leaders celebrated Arbor Day on Friday at Lea Hill Park.
City officials, along with volunteers from the Auburn Garden Club, Auburn Tree Board, Auburn Park Board, representatives from the state Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Community Forestry Council planted a Tri Color Beech tree donated by the Auburn Garden Club.
Mayor Nancy Backus proclaimed April 11 as Arbor Day in Auburn and encouraged all citizens to support the efforts to protect our trees and woodlands, and plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations.
Auburn is recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA, which recognizes communities that effectively manage their urban forest and meet four standards.
The standards include having a tree governing body; maintaining a comprehensive community forestry program that spends at least $2 per capita on the urban forest; maintaining a tree care ordinance; and holding an annual celebration related to Arbor Day.
A member of the Statewide Washington Community Forestry Council was on hand during the celebration to acknowledge Auburn's designation as a Tree City USA.
As part of Auburn's Tree City USA designation, the City of Auburn Planning Department manages Community Grants that encourage citizens to apply for tree plantings in residential and commercial neighborhoods. In exchange for financial assistance, groups must commit to plant, water and maintain the trees.
For additional information about the Tree Grants, call the City of Auburn Planning Department at 253-931-3090.
Arbor Day is celebrating its 142nd anniversary.
Micky McNaughton, of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, left, Mayor Nancy Backus, and Lily Brengle unfurl a Tree City USA flag. Rachel Ciampi, Reporter