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News Release


Arbor Day Celebration 


For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Shiloh Hatcher, Forestry Manager
970-339-2436 or 970-371-3766

Subject:  Arbor Day Celebration
You are invited to the City of Greeley Arbor Day Celebration to be held in conjunction with UNC and the “Bears Pay It Forward” activities.  This important event will be held on the UNC campus on 10th Avenue near 17th Street on Saturday, April 27th, at 10:00 a.m.  Come help the City Forestry staff and UNC students plant new trees in our City.
The Colorado State Forest Service will present the Tree City USA award for Greeley’s 33rd consecutive year to Mayor Pro Tem John Gates.  This prestigious designation is earned by cities that have enacted and enforced tree-related ordinances and funded a forestry program that has shown a commitment to increasing and improving the urban forest.  This is also UNC’s inaugural year of recognition as a Tree Campus USA.  This award is attained by select campuses for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.  City council, board and committee members, City staff, school and civic groups, and the general public are all invited.  Seedlings will be given away, and refreshments will be provided by the City of Greeley Forestry Program.
City Forestry Program staff will be doing a presentation based on Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” for approximately 1,400 area first-graders during the week of April 15th to April 19th.  This is an opportunity for us to share information about tree appreciation and benefits.  Students will be provided a small White Spruce seedling, a balloon, and a bumper sticker.  This will be our 33rd year for this educational event at Greeley schools.  Over the years, we have given this presentation to over 40,000 students. These April activities will culminate with the Arbor Day Celebration acknowledging the accomplishments of both the City of Greeley and UNC.  Remember, the best day to plant a tree is 20 years ago; the second best day is today!
For more information about the Arbor Day Celebration, please contact the City of Greeley Forestry staff at 339-2405 (M-F 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) or visit our web site at  We hope to see you there!


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