The Natchitoches City Council passed a proclamation at its meeting Jan. 9 declaring the month of January, 2018 as Arbor Month in the City.
Mayor Lee Posey helped put some dirt around trees being planted in City Park Jan. 26. These trees are just the beginning of some landscaping that will be done in the park.
Arbor Day was first observed in 1872 when J. Sterling Morton proposed a tree-planting day to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture and on April 10 of that year, sponsors estimated that over 1 million trees were planted on the first Arbor Day. Since then, this day has become an annual observance throughout the nation and the world, celebrating the role of trees in our lives and promoting tree planting, care and conservation.
Trees can lower heating and cooling costs, clean the air and provide habitat for wildlife. They are a renewable resource, which is used to make paper, building materials for construction, fuel for fires, and countless other wood products.
The City understands more than ever, the importance of trees. It is committed to an effective ongoing program that provides direction, technical assistance, public attention and recognition for ongoing efforts to the value of trees in the community.