The Fargo Forestry Department, Fargo Park District, River Keepers, Cass County Soil Conservation District and Audubon Dakota will celebrate Arbor Day and receive the “Tree City USA” award on Friday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. in Orchard Glen Park, 76th Avenue South/Orchard Glen Drive. Students from Carl Ben Eielson and Discovery Middle Schools, along with several other volunteers, will be planting about 80 trees throughout the park. Deputy Mayor Dave Piepkorn, North Dakota Forest Service representative Lezlee Johnson and Fargo Park Board President Joe Deutsch are also scheduled to speak. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.
This year marks the 41st time that the National Arbor Day Foundation has named Fargo a “Tree City USA.” To receive this honor, the City of Fargo met the requirements by establishing the following:
- A tree board or department
- A tree care ordinance
- A comprehensive community forestry program
- An official Arbor Day observance
More information about the Tree City USA program is available at www.arborday.org. For advice on tree planting and care, residents are encouraged to contact the Fargo Forestry Department at 701.241.1465 or Park District Forester Sam DeMarais at 701.212.0838.
Editor’s notes: The most opportune time to see students planting trees will be from 10 to 11 a.m. The Fargo Park District contact for this event is Sam DeMarais, Park District Forester, at 701.212.0838.