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|Galesburg Celebrates Arbor Day Friday
|The city of Galesburg Tree Commission will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 11 am by planting a paperbark maple tree at Debbie Klapp Park, 1301 Russell Avenue, Galesburg. Tree Commission members will be present along with other city officials. The public is invited to attend.
A paperbark maple tree will grow to a height of twenty feet and have an equal mature spread. The rounded shape of this maple tree makes it particularly stunning as a species plant. The paperbark maple tree is noted, and named, for its cinnamon colored bark, which peels off in thin, curly strips. It is also popular for its crimson red fall foliage.
Arbor Day was first observed in 1872 in Nebraska with the planting of more than one million trees, and is now observed throughout the nation and the world. The last Friday in April is annually selected as Arbor Day in Illinois.
Trees reduce the erosion of our topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife. The city of Galesburg recognizes that trees promote the well being of current and future generations by beautifying our community, increasing property values, and enhancing the economic vitality of the city and encourages tree planting.
The city is committed to managing its public tree resources and providing for an awareness and appreciation of trees among the residents of the community. Galesburg has been recognized as a Tree City USA by The National Arbor Day Foundation for ten consecutive years.
(City of Galesburg)
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