2015 Arbor Day Proclamation and Tree Planting in Cape Girardeau

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Dennis Kinkead, Parks and Recreation Director Julia Thompson, Shawn Huston, and Robert Harris all volunteered to plant trees for Cape Girardeau’s first urban orchard in April 2015.
Parks and Recreation staff assist with tree planting.
Parks and Recreation staff assist with tree planting.
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Harris and Parks and Recreation staff planting trees at Shawnee Park Center.

The first Friday in April is recognized as Arbor Day in Missouri. In honor of Arbor Day, the City Council in March issued a proclamation, and urban orchard trees were recently planted near the community garden near the Shawnee Park Center.

The proclamation’s text is as follows:

Whereas, in 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees; and

Whereas, this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska; and

Whereas, Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world; and

Whereas, trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife; and

Whereas, trees are a renewable resource, giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires, and countless other wood products; and

Whereas, trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community; and

Whereas, trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that I, Harry Rediger, Mayor of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, do hereby proclaim April 3, 2015, as Arbor Day in the City of Cape Girardeau, and I urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, this 16th day of March, 2015. – Harry E. Rediger, Mayor