Monroe celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day with Proclamation, tree planting event and announcements of heritage tree recognition and living Christmas tree programs
To celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day, Students of Mrs. Wood’s 3rd Grade Class from Fryelands Elementary School will assist Mayor Geoffrey Thomas and other Monroe Officials in the ceremonial planting of an Arbor Day tree at Lake Tye Park, located at 14964 Fryelands Blvd., Monroe, Washington on Friday, April 27, 2018, at 1:15 p.m. The general location of the tree planting will be near the park concessions building and playground area. This Arbor Day tree planting event will become an annual event.
In the lead-up to the Arbor Day event, a Proclamation will be read at the start of the Monroe City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00pm at the Monroe City Hall, located at 806 W. Main Street.
In the spirit of this event, two new programs will also be announced. The Monroe Park Board is launching a Heritage Tree Program, encouraging residents of all ages to seek out significant trees within the City and nominate them for recognition. Nomination forms for the Heritage Tree contest will be available this fall with a deadline of Dec. 31 to allow the Park Board to review the nominations, select a winner or winners and make the award announcement the following April to commemorate Earth Day and Arbor Day.
To kick off the Heritage Tree contest, the Park Board and City of Monroe selected the first tree for recognition. The approximately 55-foot high Coast Redwood, estimated to be over 45 years old, is located at Highway 2 and East Main in Traveler’s Park will receive Heritage status for its size and rarity in the area. Adorned with lights, it served as the community Christmas Tree last year for Monroe’s annual tree lighting and will be used again for the 2018 event.
The City is also launching a Living Christmas Tree replanting program. Starting this year, Monroe residents who use living Christmas trees may donate suitable trees to the city for planting in our parks and open spaces after the holidays.
For more information, contact Mike Farrell at the Monroe Parks Department at 360-863-4557