Idaho Falls Celebrates Successful Arbor Day

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Updated: 5/10/2013 6:45 pm
        Today’s sunny weather has encouraged many to go outside; including residents in the upper valley who are going green today.

Residents celebrated Idaho Falls Arbor Day by planting trees and helping beautify the greenbelt area.

Arbor Day was started in Nebraska in 1872, since then many communities throughout the nation have joined in and set aside a day to plant and care for trees.

Residents in Idaho Falls spent the morning doing just that.

“I really appreciate what the city does to make Idaho Falls a more beautiful livable city, I work in cities in all through southern Idaho but I’m proud to say I live here in Idaho Falls” said Community Forestry Assistant Gerry Bates.

“We’re so fortunate that we have so many volunteers throughout the community that go above and beyond to help the city of Idaho Falls to beautify our community” said Mayor Jared Fuhriman.

Idaho Falls has also been recognized as a Tree City U.S.A. for the last 21 years; this doesn’t come easy as many things are required in order to claim this title.

“They have to have a tree committee, a tree ordinance, a minimum of $2 per capita for the care of the publicly owned trees and the last thing that they have to do is celebrate Arbor Day which is why we’re here today” continued Bates.

In all, 18 new trees and over 70 flowers were planted near the Pancheri Bridge along the greenbelt.

“We’re not going to stop here and the beauty of this is we’re going to continue to go up stream if you will and we’re going to continue to beautify both sides of the river as much as we can and we’re famous for that and we just want to connect the greenbelt to many other pathways” continued Fuhriman.

The Pocatello Arbor Day was celebrated last month.

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