Ann Arbor, MI

The City of Ann Arbor celebrates Arbor Day 2021 by planting trees

Honey Reitenberger

ANN ARBOR, MI - The city of Ann Arbor will plant 40 new trees to honor Arbor Day and to celebrate Ann Arbor's 40th year as "Tree City". Action will begin on Friday, October 1, 2021.

People in Michigan celebrated Arbor Day​ in 1885 for the first time. Arbor Day was held to make people realize the importance of trees to the environment. This year, the city of Ann Arbor will collaborate with Elizabeth Dean Fund Trust to continue its journey in making the city to be more green.

The Dean Fund Committee was established by the town council in 1975. They are accountable for creating recommendations to the council on defraying the annual interest financial of the Elizabeth Dean fund.

They have come from a long history. It all started when Elizabeth R. Dean left almost two million dollars to the city in her will to be held in a separate fund. It was meant to be used for care, maintenance, and replacement planting of trees on property closely held by the town.

The Tree City itself is a program that aims to manage and expand public trees. They have a large number of communities that have committed to becoming a Tree City USA. There are four core standards that should be met to achieve the status, such as maintaining a tree board, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and, celebrating Arbor Day.

Kindly submit sites for possible plantings by sending the details of the location to trees@a2gov.org by September 3, 2021.

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