In observance of Arbor Day, city officials and representatives from Bristol Tennessee City Schools will gather at Holston View Elementary for a tree planting ceremony. The event will take place on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM, and will mark the 8th consecutive observance of this collaborative effort to plant trees at each of the city’s five elementary schools. The trees for the ceremonies are purchased by BTES.
The city will also recognize its 28th consecutive year of being designated a Tree City USA. The Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA, and have achieved this status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.
While National Arbor Day falls one week after the tree planting ceremony this year, the city’s celebration also coincides with another important environmental observance: Earth Day. An Earth Day park clean-up event at Steele Creek Park is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9:00 AM until noon, with gloves, bags, beverages, and snacks being provided for all volunteers by Keep Bristol Beautiful and the Friends of Steele Creek Nature Center and Park.
For more information about the Arbor Day tree planting ceremony, please contact Mike Musick at 423-764-7900 or email [email protected] For more information regarding the park clean-up, please contact Jeremy Stout, Nature Center Manager, at 423-989-5616 or email [email protected]