Mayor Tim Helms has proclaimed April 29, 2017 as Arbor Day for Montreat, North Carolina. The day’s events will be held in conjunction with the Native Plant Sale of the Montreat Landcare Committee. Presentations and information about trees are being provided on “Firewise” and wildfire safety, by the North Carolina Forest Service, and on hemlock trees by the Hemlock Restoration Initiative. Montreat is a certified Tree City USA. (Image USDA.) For details see



WHEREAS, in 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees; and

WHEREAS, this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska; and

WHEREAS, Arbor Day is now celebrated throughout the nation and the world; and

WHEREAS, trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife; and

WHEREAS, trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes and fuel for our fires; and

WHEREAS, trees in our town increase property values and beautify our community; and

WHEREAS, trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Montreat Board of Commissioners hereby designates April 29, 2017 as Arbor Day in the Town of Montreat, and urges all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands.

READ, APPROVED AND ADOPTED, this the 6th day of April, 2017.