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Arbor Day tree planting at High Clover Park

 


The city of Arlington and the Arlington Tree Board invite the public to plant a tree at High Clover Park to celebrate Arbor Day this year on March 10.

Seven red maple trees are scheduled to be planted at High Clover Park at 19909 49th Ave. NE.

The project is planned to start at 10 a.m.

Although traditionally Arbor Day is in April, this year local officials hoped to have a better time of the year for planting.

“We are celebrating Arbor Day a little bit early this year because it is a better time to plant these trees,” said Sarah Lopez, community revitalization project manager for the city of Arlington.

The new trees are meant to replace some white birch trees that had to be removed from the park.

“We had to take out 10 white birch trees that died there recently,” said Lopez. “There was a beetle that infested them so they had to be taken out."

The red maple trees are more disease-resistant, said Lopez, so they are meant to hopefully last longer.

She said that the new trees will also provide the park with better foliage to look at and a better way to separate the park from the road.

“They are going to have an awesome fall color,” said Lopez. “And they also will provide a screen for the park from the road."

The trees will be planted next to the sidewalk.

“There is a berm [raised land which often serves as a barrier] already next to the sidewalk so we will be planting on the other side of that,” said Lopez.

The red maple trees are currently small, “so the community will get to watch them grow,” said Lopez.

There will not be that much digging as part of the planting process. “Holes will be pre-dug at the site so it won’t be a horrible task,” said Lopez, who added that the tree planting was meant to be a fun activity for the community.

The Arbor Day activity is put on by the Arlington Tree Board, who are the same citizens who are part of the Parks Committee.

“They are tasked with helping tree policy and giving recommendations around trees to the city,” said Lopez.

The board is a requirement to be named a “Tree City USA,” which Arlington has been for the last 16 years.

They also run the heritage tree program, which allows citizens to nominate trees they think deserve the recognition, and those nominations are then reviewed by the Arlington Tree Board.

“We look forward to people coming out to our park to celebrate Arbor Day,” said Lopez.

To RSVP for the event contact Lopez at 360-403-3448.

 

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