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

Mike Kazsyck

ANN ARBOR, MI - The city of Ann Arbor will plant 40 new trees to honor Arbor Day as well as to celebrate Ann Arbor's 40th year as "Tree City". Action will begin on Friday at 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 in charge of creating recommendations to the council on defraying the annual interest financial of the Elizabeth Dean fund.

They came from a long history. It all started when Elizabeth R. Dean left almost two million dollars to the city in her will to be managed 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. Four core standards 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 of course, celebrating Arbor Day.

People of Ann Arbor may submit the address and location details for possible plantings to by September 3, 2021.

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