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Governor to celebrate Arbor Day in Shelby


(Shelby, MT) – Montana’s statewide Arbor Day Celebration is planned for May 12, 2017, in Shelby, where Governor Steve Bullock will proclaim Arbor Day and help plant a tree. The celebration will occur at Shelby High School’s football field, with a reception to follow. The entire community is encouraged to attend.

Shelby was selected by the Governor’s Office to host Montana’s official Arbor Day celebration after being named Tree City of the Year. Competition for this title is high among the many Montana communities who apply for the honor. Shelby will be recognized for its urban forestry work, which includes beautification efforts and proactive tree work throughout the community. Shelby will plant 45 trees in their new Champions Park with DNRC Urban Forestry grant funds.

“Shelby has a remarkable project where dozens of trees will be planted in their new park. Residents and visitors alike will enjoy the shade and beauty provided by these trees,” said Jamie Kirby, DNRC Urban Forestry Program Manager. “The DNRC is very excited to be part of this effort.”

The City earned Tree City USA® status by the Arbor Day Foundation for 17 years, and received the Growth Award for 13 years; a level of achievement for communities with exceptional community forestry programs.

The public is invited to attend the event which includes presenting the Tree City award, remarks from Governor Bullock, student performances, a ceremonial tree planting, and reception with treats and drinks. All students of Shelby schools will receive a free tree seedling, and have the opportunity to meet Smokey Bear and Sprig the Squirrel.

About Arbor Day

Arbor Day was founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872 as a tree planting holiday in Nebraska. In the years following, Morton's idea spread beyond Nebraska and today all 50 states and countries throughout the world celebrate Arbor Day. Montana recognizes its Arbor Day as the last Friday in April. For more information about Arbor Day visit the Arbor Day Foundation’s website at www.arborday.org

About Montana Urban Forestry

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Urban Forestry Program is supported in part by a grant from the US Forest Service. The program aims to spread awareness about the importance of trees within communities and provides financial, educational, and technical assistance for urban forestry efforts in Montana. Learn more about urban forestry in Montana at http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/forestry/forestry-assistance/urban-and-community-forestry.