Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey has issued an Arbor Day proclamation declaring April 27, 2013, as the date for the city of Rushville to host a county-wide tree celebration. Riverside Park Amphitheater will be the venue where a variety of tree-related activities will take place between 9:30 a.m. and noon.
l Mayor Pavey will plant a tree provided by Duke Energy as a part of their Right Place—Right Plant program.
l Rush County Soil & Water Conservation District has purchased 600 tree seedlings to be given away. Varieties include Norway Spruce, Flowering Dogwood, Washington Hawthorn, Cherrybark Oak, Riverbirch and Shellbark Hickory.
l Will Schakel from Rush County Purdue Extension, members of Rush County Master Gardeners & Friends, Linda Mahin from Soil & Water, and Marvin Kuhn from the Nature Center will be on hand to answer questions while bagging and handing out trees. Specific information about the variety of each tree chosen, planting and pruning instructions will be included with each tree.
l Clean Green Rush has free white vinyl tree wraps for the protection of small saplings. Also for the kids, 200 washable “Get Your Green On” tattoos will be available.
l Rushville Public Library with provide a story hour for children at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. along with a kiddy craft.
l A souvenir craft experience using hickory saplings will be offered by Dawn Moran and Craig Trent from American Wildwood.
Event organizer Carole Yeend, director of Clean Green Rush, points out, “Arbor Day increases the awareness of sustainability through community forestry and how healthy trees in our communities improve our environment by reducing our carbon footprint.”
In addition to the visual impact of trees, tree canopies and root systems provide a natural filter to our water supply and reduce storm water runoff, flooding and erosion.
Trees are good for business. Research shows that consumers respond positively to shopping environments with healthy urban forests.
Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Active living is one solution to turn back this trend. Trees and lawns contribute to perceptions of more walkable streets, which can promote more physical activity in children and youth.
These are just some of the many benefits trees provide for our communities.
Trees are a resource that can act as a symbol for stewardship. The simple act of tree planting exposes youth and adults to a hands-on sustainable development practice. It is fun to help a child plant a tree and watch both grow and mature. Individuals witness a change being made environmentally and for the communities they live in.
Wherever you live, trees are part of your community. The practice of planting new trees, no matter how small, also plants hope and offers a legacy for the generations to follow.
Rush County is home to an abundance of trees, a resource which much be nurtured and managed by its residents.
Mayor Pavey said, “I plan for this to be an annual celebration. It fits in well with one of the city’s environmental goals as part of the CLEAN Community Challenge through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). We pledge to plant or replace trees of native varieties and achieve the designation as a Tree City USA. We need your help. Come join the celebration, take home trees and plant for our future.”
For more information, contact Yeend at 765-938-1342 or visit www.CleanGreenRush.org.