Delaware celebrates Arbor Day!

It’s never to early to start planting trees!

Delaware celebrated Arbor Day in Dover, an annual occasion to highlight the many benefits of trees and encourage communities to plant more of them. The Delaware Forest Service hosted its annual Arbor Day Ceremony at Dover’s Schutte Park, honoring its school poster contest winners and recognizing Dover’s 30th Year as the First State’s longest-running Tree City USA. The event culminated with the planting of more than 30 large trees at six locations, including a zelkova on the historic Green on State Street. Delaware State University also held its Arbor Day event and celebrated its 8th consecutive year as Delaware’s only certified Tree Campus USA, followed by a ceremonial tree planting on campus.

Check out more Arbor Day event photos on Flickr or at the Delaware Forest Service Facebook Page

Ellie Merrick, a 5th-grader at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville, was the State Winner of the Arbor Day Poster Contest.
Attendees joined Dover city officials to display their new Tree City USA banner for “30 Years” – the most in the First State.
Delaware State University celebrated its 8th consecutive year as a certified Tree Campus USA – the only one in the First State.
Unfazed by the rain, Arbor Day event attendees helped to plant a new zelkova tree on Dover’s historic Green.
State forester Michael A. Valenti and Delaware Forest Service trainer-educator Ashley Melvin congratulated Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen on the its 30th Year as a Tree City USA, the longest of any municipality in the First State.