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April 14, 2016

Chandler celebrates Arbor Day with Tree City USA designation

National Arbor Day is celebrated each April when individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees in their communities. Chandler will participate in Arizona’s Arbor Day celebration at the State Capital Museum on Tuesday, April 26, and receive its fourth consecutive designation as a Tree City USA community.

The Tree City USA program was implemented 40 years ago by the Arbor Day Foundation and encourages better care of the nation's urban forests. The foundation awards recognition to communities with exemplary tree care programs.

Chandler’s Parks and Streets divisions maintain an extensive inventory of trees. In addition, the Parks Division has a tree donation program that accepts living trees or donations for trees to be planted throughout the City’s park system. Last fiscal year, Chandler residents donated $5,079 for the purchase and planting of trees. 

One of the more popular locations for donated trees has been Desert Breeze Park in west Chandler. Anyone riding the narrow gage train in the park has ridden past more than a dozen donated trees lining the track near the tennis courts. Information about the tree donation program is available on the City’s website, www.chandleraz.gov, or by calling 480-782-2753.

Several trees donated by Arizona Public Service Company will be planted at Veteran’s Oasis Park at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 23, as part of an Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration. In addition, Cathy Rymer, the City’s water conservation coordinator and a certified arborist, will hold a workshop on how to avoid common mistakes that contribute to tree failure in storms.

The workshop will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, at Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave. Participants will learn the art and science of good pruning and how to keep trees healthy, functional and looking great. The workshop is free, but participants must register. Visit www.chandleraz.gov/water to register online, or call Chandler’s Water Conservation Office at 480-782-3580.

Celebrate National Arbor Day by planting a tree today and share it on social media using #NationalArborDay.