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Posted on: April 13, 2017

Shade Tree Commission to Celebrate Arbor Day

Tree plantings will be conducted at Beeson Arboretum, Boot Hill Distillery and the Arrowhead West Life Skills Center on the St. Mary’s campus.
Friday at 10 a.m. the Arbor Day tree planting will begin at Beeson Arboretum with 2 trees being planted, one at the south end and one at the north end of the park. The trees will be of a species that are new to the park to continue our efforts to provide a place for the public to visually see different varieties of trees that can be planted in our planting zone and sustain a long healthy life, with proper care. All trees at Beeson Arboretum are marked with a plaque to easily identify their common name.

Friday at 12:00 pm, the Shade Tree Commission will be planting two dedication trees at Boot Hill Distillery. A tree will be planted on the east side of the building commemorating the life and work of Dr. Carl Vierthaler, who was a lifelong resident and contributor to the Dodge City Community. A second tree will be planted on the north side of the distillery to honor Jill Kelman, the mother of distillery owner Hayes Kelman, as well as being a key contributor to the design of planter beds and medians through the downtown area during past construction projects. These trees will be purchased through CREW recycling funds.

Then at 2:30 p.m. the public is invited to participate in a tree planting with clients of Arrowhead West to celebrate the memory of past clients.  The tree will be planted south of the Arrowhead West Life Skills Center, just west of the entrance drive to the St. Mary Complex off Picayune St.

In recognition of Arbor Day, City Parks and Forestry staff has selected Mariah Hills Golf Course for this year’s annual tree-planting project.  In the days leading up to Arbor Day, staff will plant approximately 20 trees throughout the course to help with tree damage and loss that was incurred during the January ice storm.

Arbor Day is a national celebration sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation to promote the planting and care of trees.  Each year the Foundation recognizes communities who have made tangible efforts in tree planting and care as a “Tree City USA” member. Dodge City is one of sixteen communities in the country who have received the Tree City USA designation for 41 consecutive years, since the inception of the award in 1975.
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