Crystal To Give Away Dozens Of Trees At Arbor Day Event
The city of Crystal is set to celebrate Arbor Day in a treemendous way.
The annual Arbor Day event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Winnetka Hills Park.
Crystal, a city that’s big on urban forestry, is celebrating its 26th year of being an official Tree City USA.
“To become a ‘tree city’, you have to have an established forestry program, a tree ordinance, a forestry budget of $2.00 per capita, and host an Arbor Day event with a mayoral proclamation,” explained Brad Fortin, Crystal Superintendent of Parks and Facilities.
Event attendees can participate in a park clean-up, tree planting, and watch a live reading of the mayor’s proclamation.
Quarter of Crystal’s Trees Invaded by the Emerald Ash Borer
Visitors can also learn about the Emerald Ash Borer, a destructive insect that began infesting the city’s trees three years ago.
“Roughly 25 percent of the trees in Crystal are Ash and they will be all gone within the next five or six years,” explained Fortin. “If you have a healthy Ash tree and you are concerned about it, call a certified arborist and get it inspected.”
The city will be giving away forty trees at the Arbor Day event on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Residents can also visit the city’s website to sign up for a free tree.
For more information about Crystal’s Arbor Day event visit the city’s website.