ELKINS — The Town of Elkins and a host of nonprofit organizations have teamed up to offer local events during two holidays celebrating nature over the weekend.
The Elkins Tree Board offered its official recognition of Arbor Day Friday in Glendale Park.
“Even though this is one tree we are planting here today, in the month of April we planted over 50 trees, including 30 trees in Elkins City Park,” Fourth Ward Elkins City Council Representative and Tree Board Member Nanci Bross-Fregonara said at the event.
“As chair of the Tree Council, I just want to thank the Tree Council, Friends of Trees and our urban forestry partners for their help in this huge undertaking,” Elkins City Council Fourth Ward Representative Marilynn Cuonzo said. “Over the years, I think the Tree Board has had a huge impact on the town of Elkins and the community as a whole as we have brought people together and given them a makeover.”
2022 marks the 14th year of the Elkins Tree Board. On Friday, a sourwood tree was planted in the Pollinator Alley area of Glendale Park.
Elkins Mayor Jerry Marco read a proclamation naming April 29 Arbor Day in Elkins. The proclamation stated:
“In 1872 the Nebraska Board of Agriculture established a special day to be set aside for the planting of trees, and this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of over a million of trees in Nebraska, and Arbor Day is now observed across the country and around the world.
“Trees can be a solution to fight climate change by reducing the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, reducing heating and cooling costs, moderating temperature, purifying the air, producing vital oxygen and providing habitat for wildlife, and trees are a renewable resource, giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products .
“Trees in our city increase property values, improve the economic vitality of business sectors and beautify our community. Trees, wherever planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.
“I urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and support efforts to protect our trees and forests, and I urge all citizens to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote well-being of this generation and future generations.”
Another Arbor Day event took place later Friday at Bluegrass Park, with the Emma Scott Garden Club sponsoring a tree planting ceremony.
On Saturday, an Earth Day celebration was offered at Elkins City Park, featuring children’s activities, exhibits, interactive games, tree seedlings and reusable giveaways.
The Earth Day event was sponsored by the Women’s Club of Elkins, the Randolph County Democratic Women’s Club, the Elkins Tree Board and the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission.