Mar 12, 2014 11:36 AM
The City of Oroville Parks and Trees Department is hosting a special Arbor Day celebration tomorrow.
The celebration will begin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday with the presentation of the Tree City USA flag. For thirty-four consecutive years the City has been recognized and honored by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a “Tree City USA.” The City is proud to have over 10,000 trees which provide shade in the summer and beautiful blooms in the spring time.
Arbor Day traces its roots back to 1872 when Sterling Morton, Secretary of Agriculture under President Cleveland, began the program. As the program continued, it took on a new educational character by including teachers and students. Not only does the celebration provide a beautification aspect, but it contributes to a learning environment for historical events, celebrated persons and the study of trees. Forty-four states and territories now celebrate Arbor Day with hundreds of thousands of acres of trees planted by human hands.