Celebrate Arbor Day

Dear citizens of Tiffin,

The eternal promise of spring has arrived. April is when we celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day, both falling during the last week of the month.

In celebration of Arbor Day, the Tiffin Tree Commission invites the community to participate in the planting of trees at Nature Trails Park, 217 E. Davis St., at 1 p.m. Friday.

The tradition of planting trees on the last Friday in April was begun by J. Sterling Morton. He and his wife were new residents of Nebraska. At the time, trees were needed as windbreaks. Morton encouraged Nebraska citizens and civic organizations to plant trees. On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, it was estimated that more than a million trees were planted.

Schools and students became part of the tradition in 1885. Each classroom planted, tagged and cared for a tree. Over 1,000 children were involved that year. The Tiffin Tree Commission has invited the students of Noble School to join in this year’s planting.

Tiffin has been a Tree City USA for 38 years, as recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation. The value of a tree is far from small. The average silver maple tree with a 27-inch diameter provides more than $200 in annual benefits. Trees enhance the quality of life, mitigate pollution and storm water run-off. To see what the value of a tree in your yard may be, we invite you to go to treebenefits.com/calculator and estimate what trees do for our community.

Tiffin Tree and Beautification Commission