By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
In 1872, a Nebraska man encouraged his state government to observe a ‘tree-planting’ holiday, which led to over one-million trees planted in just one day. Now, over 100 years later, cities all across the nation will be planting trees of their own on Friday.
The City of Rome will be celebrating Arbor Day this Friday by planting several trees on Dean Avenue. For 23 years, Rome has been a Tree City, which is a distinction given by the National Forestry Service. The city will also be receiving a 6-year Growth Award Friday, Mary Hardin-Thornton of Keep Rome Beautiful says, which is an honor only 500 communities in the United States can boast about.
“It means we’ve gone above and beyond what it means to be a Tree City USA. Those standards include having a tree board; having a code in the city code that provides for ways to plant trees in your right-a-way. We also have to observe Arbor Day,” Hardin-Thornton says. “And, then we also have to spend a certain amount per capita on tree maintenance in the city. We have to go above and beyond all that every year. But, we’ve been recognized for that for the past six years which is a big deal.”
The festivity will be held at 1200 Dean Avenue, outside the offices of Stephens and Fisher, at 12:30. A reception will follow at the DOT office on East 20th street.