The town took a true community approach for its Arbor Day celebration last week as part of showing its dedication to being a thoughtful community when it comes to plants and trees.
The Arbor Day celebration enlisted the help of students in the Parks and Recreation Track-Out Camp to create tree-inspired artwork and assist in planting a tree at Knightdale Station Park.
North Carolina Forest Service official, Randolph Harrison, also presented the town with its Tree City USA recertification for the 13th time.
“For a community forest to be efficient, it needs everyone,” Harrison told the group of children and some town officials. “You all are the future citizens and taxpayers of Knightdale so I hope you continue that tradition.”
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Tree City USA is a program for towns who want to be recognized for its dedication to preserving and caring for trees in the town. The program is managed by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.
Tree City USA localities have to establish a tree board or department (which is part of the Land Use Review Board in Knightdale), adopt a tree care ordinance for the town, have a community forestry program that dedicates at least $2 per capita every year and must hold an Arbor Day event with a procalamation.
In addition to the Arbor Day celebration, Knightdale decided in March to plant trees in a neighborhood partially to fulfill a request by a resident but to tie it in to Arbor Day as well.
The project, w hich will be in the Carrington Woods neighborhood, was requested by a resident who used to serve on the Land Use Review Board.
“After investigating the site, (we saw) it could definitely use some in-fill,” town planner Courtney Jenkins said in March.
With sufficient funds in the budget and approval from the LURB, the department could plant six Magnolia Key Parris trees. The evergreen trees grow to be about 25 feet with flowers.
Track-out campers were not sent home empty-handed either: each of the 51 children received a tree seedling to plant at home.