Town of Davidson to Celebrate Arbor Day Friday, March 18
Citizens Invited to Attend Ceremony at McEver Field
Please join us as we celebrate Arbor Day in Davidson on Friday, March 18, the same day it will be celebrated statewide. Arbor Day is designated to encourage individuals and groups to plant and care for trees. Citizens are invited to a brief ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 18 at McEver Field, located at 626 South Street.
“One of the town’s core values states: Citizens must live in a healthy environment, so town government will protect watersheds, trees, air quality, and other elements of the town’s ecology,” said Davidson Parks & Recreation Natural Assets and Sustainability Coordinator Charlene Minor. “We’re proud of the work we do in town to preserve and plant trees.”
The Town of Davidson earned recognition as a 2015 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The town also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care. This is the sixth year Davidson has been recognized as a Tree City USA and the first year to receive a Growth Award.
Community volunteers, the town’s livability advisory board, TreesDavidson, and town staff all made contributions toward our Growth Award achievement. TreesDavidson is an all-volunteer organization that is affiliated with the Davidson Lands Conservancy. Their mission is to grow and preserve the local tree canopy. Working in partnership with the town and corporate sponsors, TreesDavidson has planted over 382 trees in our community.
“The Town of Davidson, and our entire region, have seen how growth and development take a toll on our tree canopy,” said Gordon Clark, executive director of TreesDavidson. “For Davidson to receive the Growth Award demonstrates that when a community works together we can accomplish common goals that benefit us all.”
In an effort to promote the use of trees and plants native to North Carolina in home landscapes, a limited quantity of tree seedlings will be passed out to participants at the Arbor Day ceremony. For a full list of native plants visit the NC Botanical Garden website at www.ncbg.unc.edu or the NC Native Plant Society at www.ncwildflower.org.
Visit the Parks and Recreation website for more information about Arbor Day or sustainability programs at www.townofdavidson.org/communityprograms or call 704-892-3349 for more information.