Geneva to Celebrate Arbor Day, May 1st
The Arbor Day Foundation first named the City of Geneva a Tree City USA in 2008 in recognition of the city’s commitment to effective urban forest management, service, and education. The Tree City USA program was launched in 1976 and has become a nationwide movement that provides recognition for cities that encourage urban forestry practices. There are more than 3,400 Tree Cities USA throughout all 50 U.S. states, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. National Arbor Day is observed annually on April 30th.
To meet one of the core Tree City standards, the City of Geneva will observe Arbor Day on Saturday, May 1st 9am-12pm by giving away 100 tree saplings for free to Geneva residents. The Geneva Shade Tree Committee celebrates Arbor Day annually, typically through a tree planting event with local school children; yet the 2021 program encourages families to plant a tree with their youngsters on their own properties, outside of the City’s right of way. Ensuring health and safety, residents of Geneva are invited to receive their free tree sapling through a socially distanced, contact-free drive-up system set up in the parking lot accessible via Scott LaFarro Drive, Geneva. As saplings are limited, they will be given away one per car while supplies last. Instructions and guidelines for tree planting and care will be provided, as well as locations for residents to locate a full-grown specimen locally. This event is coordinated by the Geneva Shade Tree Committee with support provided by private donation.
For questions, please contact Jim Norwalk, Chair of the City of Geneva Shade Tree Committee at email@example.com