The Clarinda Trees Forever Committee and the Clarinda Tree Board will be hosting an Arbor Day Celebration Friday, April 30 at 10 a.m.
The site for this years’ event will be at the Lied Public Library, south lawn. Continuing the tradition of planting trees for the Arbor Day program, the planting this year will be done by Clarinda High School members of the Brokaw FFA Chapter. The students will present information and history of Arbor Day and how to properly plant a tree.
Students from St. John’s Noah’s Ark will also be participating in the tree planting activities. A representative of the city of Clarinda will read the Arbor Day proclamation. Ed Geeding, a Clarinda Tree Board member, will also make a summary of tree planting efforts by the Clarinda Trees Forever Committee and the Clarinda Tree Board.
Arbor Day was started in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, a Nebraska newspaper publisher, and now Arbor Day is celebrated in all of the 50 states. The last Friday of April is designated as Arbor Day in Iowa. Arbor Day is designed to encourage tree planting and to increase the awareness of the importance of trees.
Since the Clarinda Trees Forever Committee was organized in 1992, they have been doing special Arbor Day events, with many of the events having Clarinda Community School students helping with the planting programs.
The public is encouraged to attend the Arbor Day planting and after the planting a short remembrance program honoring Jean Negley will be held on the north side of the library by the bell. Negley was the former chair of Clarinda Trees Forever and was very instrumental in many beautification projects in Clarinda over the years.