Arbor Day

Each year, Delaware celebrates the last Friday in April as “Arbor Day,” an occasion to plant trees and spotlight the numerous natural benefits that trees provide. First established in the United States by J. Sterling Morton in 1872 (almost a hundred years before Earth Day was introduced), an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the very first Arbor Day. Arbor Day observances are also an integral part of community recognition programs such as Tree Campus USA, Tree City USA, and Delaware’s Tree Friendly Community Award, as well as qualifying for a financial award from the Urban Grant Program.

Governor Markell helped plant a new American holly tree outside the Department of Agriculture's headquarters as part of Arbor Day observances in Dover today. Gov. Markell also recognized schoolchildren who won the Forest Service's annual poster contest, as well as the City of Dover for being Delaware's longest-running Tree City USA at 27 years.

In 2016, Governor Markell joined state officials and members of the General Assembly to honor the winners of the Delaware Forest Service’s annual Arbor Day Poster Contest, recognize the City of Dover as the First State’s longest-running Tree City USA, and honor Delmarva Power as a Tree Line USA utility and for its volunteer work in underwriting the cost of Arbor  Day observances throughout the state. The Forest Service also thanked the Governor for his continued support during his administration in the areas of forest conservation, open space preservation, urban and community forestry, and its wildland fire program.

Rain Vasey, a fifth-grade student from Water Girl Farm Academy in Lincoln, was honored as the winner of the annual Delaware Forest Service School Poster Contest. She also won the award last year as a fourth-grader

 

Rain Vasey, a fifth-grade student from Water Girl Farm Academy in Lincoln, was honored as the winner of the annual Delaware Forest Service School Poster Contest. She also won the award last year as a fourth-grader.

The gallery of winning posters can be seen at http://delawaretrees.com/2016arbordaypostercontest

High-resolution images of the ceremony and captions of the photographs are available at http://delawaretrees.com/2016arbordayceremony

From left, Dover City Councilman Fred Neil, Grounds Supervisor George Jamar, Public Works Director Sharon Duca and Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen accept an award recognizing the City of Dover as a Tree City USA for 27 years, the longest run of any municipality in the First State. Congratulating them are Rep. David L. Wilson, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee, Governor Jack Markell, and Rep. Harvey Kenton.

 

Other high-resolution photographs can be downloaded at the Department of Agriculture Flickr Page:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskzKxtL2

Governor Markell receives a commemorative photo frame from Delaware Forest Service education specialist Ashley Peebles.

 

 

(from left) Michael Krzyzanowski of Delmarva Power receives the Tree Line USA Award joined by Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen, George Vasquez of Asplundh Tree Expert Company, Rep. David L. Wilson, Gov. Jack Markell, Sec. of Agriculture Ed Kee, and Rep. Harvey Kenton.

Links to Past Celebrations:

The Delaware Forest Service also sponsors an annual Arbor Day School Poster Contest for Delaware schoolchildren in grades K to 5 for all public, private, home, and charter schools.