|On hand were Jim Tolbert, President of WTUFC, El Paso City Council Representative Emma Acosta, Brent Pearson , Oscar Mestas and members of the Cielo Vista Neighborhood Association|
The West Texas Urban Forestry Council (Los Tree Amigos) and the Cielo Vista Neighborhood Association celebrated Texas Arbor Day today by planting a tree in the Community Garden of the Cielo Vista Neighborhood Association. Oscar Mestas, Texas A&M Urban Forester, and Brent Pearson, City of El Paso Arborist, demonstrated the correct way to plant a tree.
|City Arborist, Brent Pearson, finishes planting the apple tree.|
|Jim Tolbert, Brent Pearson, Emma Acosta|
Arbor Day was founded in 1872 in Nebraska. By the 1920s, each state in the United States had passed public laws that stipulated a certain day to be Arbor Day. In Texas, Arbor Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday in November, the best time of year to plant trees in our climate. The customary observance of Arbor Day is to plant a tree. On the first Arbor Day, an estimated one million trees were planted.
Trees produce oxygen and clean the air. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. Trees act as a giant filter that cleans the air we breathe. Trees absorb carbon dioxide which promote climate change.
It is the mission of Arbor Day to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.
The Friday Video: Texas Arbor Day 2015 [The proclamation is well worth listening to.]
For more information:
West Texas Urban Forestry Council (especially tree care page)
EPWU Desert Plant List
City of El Paso Tree Care Manual