The City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Forestry Team and community volunteers will plant 58 trees on Saturday, April 23 beginning at 9:00am at Old Settlers Park Triple Crown Parking Lot to celebrate Arbor Day. The trees are large 45 gallon, 10-12 feet tall trees and will enhance the beauty of the parking lot and the surrounding areas. The City has dug the holes in preparation for the volunteers to assist in the tree planting event. Volunteers will get a complimentary commemorative Arbor Day T-shirt, a free small tree and a gift certificate for two cubic yards of mulch loaded from the city’s Brush Recycling Center.
Arbor Day tree planting volunteers will arrive at 8:30 a.m. to sign in, hear welcoming remarks and planting directions. Volunteers will begin planting at 9:00am sharp and finish at approximately 11:00am. The event, hosted by the Round Rock Parks and Recreation Forestry Team is possible, thanks to participation from local civic clubs and organizations as well as City of Round Rock employees, Round Rock Volunteer Center and community volunteers
“I’m very excited about planting trees with numerous community volunteers as trees are so important to the beautification of Round Rock and the environment,” said Forestry Manager Emsud Horozovic. “With trees planted every year at Arbor Day, the community works together to improve our City for the next generation to enjoy.”
Residents who have questions about the event, or trees in general can call Emsud Horozovic, Round Rock Forestry Manager at (512) 341-3350.
History of Arbor Day: Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. Arbor Day’s founder J. Sterling Morton was a Nebraskan journalist who loved nature and used his paper to spread his enthusiasm for trees back in the 1800’s. In the words of Morton, “all the people strive on Arbor Day to plant many, many trees, both forest and fruit. May the day and the observance thereof be cherished in every household, and its name and fruits become as a shower of blessing to the long lines of generations who shall succeed us.
Benefits of trees: Trees can reduce the erosion of precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, provide habitat for wildlife and beautify our community. Trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and are a source of joy and spiritual renewal wherever they are planted. Arbor Day is celebrated on a date appropriate for tree planting in each region of the United States.