Stone named Tree City USA; Distribution and tree planting scheduled for Friday

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For the 38th time, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the City of Stone as Tree City USA. To be recognized as a Tree City USA, a community must demonstrate good urban forestry practices, including the presence of an Arbor Board and tree care ordinances.

“I am very proud of Pierre’s natural beauty,” said Pierre Mayor Steve Harding. “Trees certainly enhance our landscape, and our Arbor Council and Parks Department work closely together to ensure we keep our local tree population healthy and plentiful.”

In recognition of Arbor Day this Friday, the Stone Tree Council is planning two efforts – a tree planting and a tree distribution.

The group will plant a seedless poplar tree west of the South Dakota Discovery Center at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 29. The Mayor of Pierre, Steve Harding, will also present an Arbor Day proclamation at this time. The event is open to the public.

Additionally, this week, the Arbor Board, in partnership with the Izaak Walton League and the state Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will distribute 250 Northern Catalpa saplings to second-graders at schools in Buchanan, Jefferson, Kennedy, of Stanley County and St. Joseph.

“We are grateful to our partners who are helping to fund this initiative that provides trees for young people,” said Bryan Tipton, Director of Parks and Recreation at Pierre. “I hope each of the trees distributed will be planted and bring joy to the community and the children who planted them.”

The Town Tree Council is a group of volunteers appointed by the Mayor to advise and direct tree care efforts in the town of Pierre. Current members are Tony Dorschner, John Hartland, Rollie Isaacson, Adam Kulesa, Amanda Martin, Art Smith and Mark Smith.

Art Smith, Chairman of the Arbor Board of Directors, unpacks a bundle of Northern Catalpa trees to distribute to second-grade students in Pierre and Fort Pierre.
Courtesy picture.

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