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Posted on: April 26, 2012

[ARCHIVED] City of Bismarck Celebrates Arbor Day May 4

The Bismarck Forestry Division will host a community recognition program and ceremonial planting Friday, May 4, 2012, 1:30 PM, at Robert Miller Elementary School, 1989 N 20th Street, Bismarck. The public is welcome and invited to attend.

Each year ceremonial Arbor Day trees are dedicated to local citizens whose efforts have made a significant contribution to Bismarck's urban forest. Dave Vinchattle, Engineering Manager, Tesoro Mandan Refinery, will be honored for his 23 years of commitment and service to the annual Tesoro Tree Planting project that partners the refinery with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Bismarck Parks District and the Bismarck Forestry Division. The 2012 Arbor Day theme is: “Inspiring people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.”

The Arbor Day Ceremony will include Apple Seed Awards presented for 2011 landscape beautification efforts on public property, and Beautification Awards presented to businesses and organizations for landscaping and improving the image of their commercial properties in Bismarck. Partners in Planting, community minded sponsors that have partnered with the City to provide funds for a matching grant to help home owners plant street trees, will also be recognized during the program. The City of Bismarck will receive the 35th consecutive Tree City U.S.A. Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Informational booths will be available during the Arbor Day Celebration including: the U.S. Forest Service, N.D. Forest Service and Dakota Woodturners.

Following the program a tree planting will take place (weather permitting). For more information call 355-1733.


In North Dakota, Arbor Day is celebrated each year, the first Friday of May. The City of Bismarck, Bismarck Parks and Recreation and various service clubs participate in a series of tree planting and park clean-up events during Arbor Week.

Monday, April 30 – Friday, May 4 - Arbor Week• Certificates that were provided at the reading of The Lorax at the Bismarck Public Library on March 1st may be redeemed for a FREE tree and will be accepted during Arbor Week. Trees can be picked up at the Bismarck Public Works Building, 601 S. 26th Street. Forrest Von Flickentale, Forestry’s Mascot, will be helping to hand out the trees on Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1, from 1 – 1:30 p.m. A certificate must be presented to receive a tree.

Thursday, May 3, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Bismarck Rotary Club• The Bismarck Rotary Club will be doing a spring cleanup project at the Bismarck Rotary Park Arboretum located at the northwest corner of the Tom O’Leary Golf Course. The entrance is off Ward Road, a short distance south of Divide Avenue. Several trees and shrubs will also be planted in the Arboretum. For more information please contact Ken Schiele (Rotary Club) at 223-7274.

Friday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. – St. Mary’s Parish Family (806 E Broadway Ave)
• The St. Mary’s Parish Family will bless the planting and have Stan Churchill from Advanced Tree Service talk with the children about the importance of planting trees and the many benefits they provide. For more information contact Steve Braus at 223-5562. Children from St. Mary’s Grade School in attendance will each receive a tree sapling to plant at home.

Friday, May 4th at 1:30 p.m. – Arbor Day Celebration• The City of Bismarck will recognize Dave Vinchattle. Please plan to attend the Arbor Day Celebration to help recognize and thank Dave for his commitment to improving the quality of life in our community. The Arbor Day Celebration will take place at Robert Miller Elementary School (1989 North 20th Street). For more information contact Urban Forestry Program Specialist Beth Peske at 355-1733.

The City of Bismarck and the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District would like to thank all participating Service Clubs and organizations for their support during Arbor Week activities.

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