On Friday, April 29, the Willowwind School campus will receive a facelift in the form of a new tree, provided through the Iowa City Parks and Forestry Division’s Arbor Day Program. This 37-year-old program aims to educate students on the benefits of trees, while offering them the hands-on experience of planting a tree themselves. This year, students from Willowwind will plant a Skyline Locust tree after a brief educational presentation and reading of the Arbor Day Proclamation, originally read at the Iowa City Council Meeting on April 19. The program will begin at 10:45 a.m.
"Willowwind School has been a very willing participant in this program, and we're excited to have a chance to work with these Iowa City students to improve their school," said Iowa City Forestry Senior Maintenance Worker Rae Lynn Schepers.
One of the benefits of the Arbor Day program is that it helps Iowa City Maintain its TREE CITY USA status. Iowa City has held this distinction for 37 years. TREE CITY USA provides a framework to help communities manage and expand their public tree inventory. To earn the TREE CITY USA distinction, communities must adopt four core standards for their urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.
Iowa City Parks and Forestry is a division of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department.