Arbor Day is important to Denver citizens

By on April 25, 2012

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Denver is getting ready for Arbor Day. Above (left to right), Danny Rabold, Denver Shade Tree Commission, is ready to dig, and Jay Snyder, president of Cocalico Creek Watershed Association, holds a sycamore sapling, as Denver Borough Manager Mike Hession and Denver Borough Council President Walter Fink observe. (Photo by Alice Hummer)

Denver residents will mark being named a Tree City, U.S.A. on April 28 at their annual Arbor Day Celebration sponsored by Denver Borough’s Shade Tree Commission.

Beginning at 9 a.m. at the Bon View Linear Park, 330 Monroe St., Mayor Adam Webber will read the Arbor Day proclamation and a presentation from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources recognizing Denver as a Tree City USA recipient.

Walter Fink, Denver Borough Council president, shared his community pride and support.

"I’m very proud to live and work in Denver and be part of Denver Council. I’m proud to be a part of Denver being named Tree City U.S.A. for 14 consecutive years," he said.

Following the brief Arbor Day ceremony, the Shade Tree Commission and community volunteers will plant two River Birch trees in the Bon View Linear Park by the circle turn-around and 50 tree seedlings in the borough’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Project area adjacent to the Bon View Linear Park in the rear of Catalpa Circle.

Volunteers from the Cocalico Creek Watershed Association, headed by President Jay Snyder, will assist with part of the planting before starting their stream clean-up project.

"We welcome anyone to come out and help work with us on April 28," Snyder said.

Efforts help restore and protect clean water while making fishing better in Cocalico Creek and the Chesapeake Bay.

Snyder referred to studies which explain the importance of stream clean-up and vegetation planting around streams. The vegetation helps reduce the air temperature and absorb carbon, which in turn promotes stream health by protecting biodiversity of life within the stream. This is critical with our weather patterns of more heat and drought.

"We’re very happy to work with the Cocalico Creek Watershed Association. They buy trees at the tree sale day held at the County Conservation District," said Danny Rabold, representing the Shade Tree Commission. "On the same day as Arbor Day in Denver, they will do clean-up of the creek from Denver Park to the Borough Line."

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