Arbor day planned for April 27
Town Councilors last week proclaimed April 27 as Arbor Day on the island in concert with observances throughout the nation and world. Events here are organized in conjunction with the island's Quononoquot Garden Club, for whom Mary Kelly, a club member, accepted the council's proclamation certificate.
Arbor Day programs here and elsewhere will focus on the role of trees in reducing erosion of topsoil by wind and water, cutting heating and cooling costs, moderating the temperature, cleaning the air, producing oxygen, and providing habitat for wildlife, according to the proclamation.
The observances also will emphasize that trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires, and countless other wood products, as well as helping to increase property values and to enhance the economic vitality of business areas, the certificate states.
Trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal, the organizers said. "Our community has been blessed with a plentiful number and variety of trees which beautify our landscape," councilors added. They also urged all residents to support efforts to protect island trees and woodlands, and to plant trees to promote the well-being of present and future generations.