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The Bismarck Forestry Division will host a community recognition program and ceremonial planting Friday, May 3, 2019, 1:30 PM, at Jaycee Park, 321 East Century Ave., Bismarck. The public is welcome and invited to attend. The 2019 Arbor Day theme is: “Planting the Seeds of Tomorrow Today.”
Each year a ceremonial Arbor Day tree is dedicated to a local citizen whose efforts have made a significant contribution to Bismarck's urban forest. The 2019 ceremonial tree planting will be dedicated to two individuals and two trees will be planted. Carl Hokenstad will be recognized for his 41 years of commitment to the community as Director of Community Development for the City of Bismarck, and Bill Wocken will be recognized for over 43 years of dedication to the community as Bismarck City Administrator.
The Arbor Day Ceremony will include Apple Seed Awards presented for 2018 landscape beautification efforts of public property and a Beautification Award for 2018 landscape beautification efforts on private property. Partners in Planting sponsors, community minded organizations that have partnered with the City, provide funds for a matching grant to help homeowners plant street trees. They will also be recognized during the program.
Mayor Bakken will read the Arbor Day Proclamation and provide remarks. Fifth-grade students from Highland Acres Elementary School will also take part in the Arbor Day ceremony.
The City of Bismarck will receive the 42nd consecutive Tree City U.S.A. Award and national designation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
The tree plantings will take place (weather permitting) at the close of the program. For more information visit www.bismarcknd.gov/forestry or call 355-1733.