What is Arbor Day?
Arbor Day is a celebration of trees and what they do for us. The Community Tree Advisory Board organizes this celebration every year to help make the public aware of how trees benefit us. We encourage everyone to spend time among trees and learn about proper tree care and planting.
We try to make this day more than just an opportunity to educate the public. We want everyone to enjoy themselves as well as learn. There are activities for children and adults such as a bicycle rodeo, inflatables, face painting, drawings for prizes, educational materials, and of course FREE TREES for everyone! Spending time outdoors in green spaces is a great way to relax and have fun.
We invite different organizations from our community to participate in our celebration because many of the things we do in our daily lives effect trees or are affected by trees. The ‘Keep it Clean Bowling Green’ campaign encourages us to keep our environment free of litter which helps keep our drinking water clean. Trees also help clean our drinking water by filtering pollution from the air and reducing storm water runoff.
‘Safe Routes to School’ and the Greenways Commission encourage safe and healthy lifestyles by creating safe ways for us to exercise and to travel within the city without causing additional pollution. When planted in the right places trees can shade our routes from the summer heat, create a calming barrier between vehicle and pedestrian traffic and make your commute more enjoyable.
Bowling Green Municipal Utilities must keep trees trimmed away from utility lines to maintain safe and reliable service to our community. We must work with them to keep our trees near power lines safe and healthy. Their commitment to being a Tree Line USA has shown that they care about our trees too.