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Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration March 15 at E.E. Miller Elementary School

Mar 13, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – A tree planting ceremony will be held at E.E. Miller Elementary School on Thursday, March 15 at 1 p.m. The school is located at 1361 Rim Road. Students will participate in the program and will plant several trees.


The tradition of setting aside a special day for the planting of trees dates back to 1872, when this special day, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than one million trees in Nebraska. The year 2018 is the 146th anniversary of this special day. Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and world, as well as through the Tree City USA Program. 


The ceremony is being sponsored by the City-County Joint Appearance Commission/Fayetteville Tree Board, Cumberland County Schools, Cumberland County Cooperative Extension, Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation and the N.C. Forest Service. Several nurseries have donated trees for the event.


The City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County have both prepared Proclamations to observe the event. Fayetteville City Councilman Larry Wright will read the City Proclamation on behalf of the City Council. Larry Lancaster, chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners, will read a proclamation from the County.


At the ceremony on March 15, the North Carolina Forest Service will present the City of Fayetteville with its Tree City USA Award for its accomplishments in 2017. Fayetteville is one of 86 cities in North Carolina and one of over 3,400 in the nation to receive this recognition for 2017, which also marks the 16th year that Fayetteville has earned this national designation.


To maintain designation as a Tree City USA, a community has to show that it has met four criteria. In 2017, Fayetteville met these criteria, as follows: (1) The City continued to have a public tree ordinance, which establishes policies for managing street and park trees; (2) the City continued to have a Tree Board (which is a subset of the City-County Joint Appearance Commission); (3) the City continued to support a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita; and (4) the City, in partnership with other groups, continued to support an annual Arbor Day observance and proclamation to celebrate trees and the many benefits they provide.


Established in 1976, the Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters. The program recognizes communities that make planting and caring for trees a priority.


Fort Bragg is another community in Cumberland County that is designated as a Tree City USA. Any community can apply for the designation. Information on applying is available at


According to the Arbor Day Foundation, trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits. Trees are vital to the public infrastructure of cities and towns throughout the country. Trees are an example of community infrastructure that actually increase in value over time.


The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at