Each year Bowling Green’s Community Tree Advisory Board organizes an Arbor Day celebration at Keriakes Park. Their goal is education about the value of trees and how they benefit us. City Arborist Jared Weaver leads a number of workshops on how to plant and care for trees, trees are given away and activities to entertain children are offered.
This year seedlings to be given away include: Redbud, Baldcypress, Virginia Pine, Black Gum and Kentucky Coffeetree.
Arbor Day began in Nebraska in the 1800′s in an effort to bring new life to the barren plains. The tree planting holiday became a success. Today Arbor Day is celebrated on different days in different states to coincide with the best planting schedule for their zones.
The Tree City USA® program, sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities. Bowling Green has been named a Tree City USA by the program since 1994.
According to the city’s website, “We are dedicated to maintaining this designation and our city’s green spaces. We believe that what we do is helping to improve the quality of life in our city. Trees provide us with many environmental benefits such as mitigating pollution, reducing storm water runoff, and reducing the urban heat island effect. Also spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress and help children pay better attention in school. We all benefit from a greener city and we are happy to help make this possible.”
Warren County has also received the designation and is one of the few counties in Kentucky so honored. BGMU became the second utility company in Kentucky to receive the Tree Line USA designation. And, Western Kentucky University has been dubbed a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.
Planting trees around your home has many benefits: shading your home and airconditioning/heating units can help save over 15% on your electrical bills, trees help remove poisonous gases and particles as well as pollens, trees produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, trees provide protection, homes and food for wildlife and trees add beauty to a yard, increasing property values.
For more information on trees and Arbor Day in Bowling Green visit https://www.bgky.org/tree/arbor.php