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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield will mark its 30th year as a Tree City USA with 30 tree plantings throughout the day and an Arbor Day celebration on Park Central Square at 4:30 p.m. April 10, which will feature the 30th and final tree-planting by Mayor Bob Stephens. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided, as well as a presentation by Missouri Department of Conservation State Forester Lisa Allen. “We thought a tree-planting relay would be a fun way to celebrate our community’s thirty years of dedication to trees,” said City of Springfield Urban Forester Casey Jo Kellner. “We’ve enlisted many city and community leaders to act as honorary tree planters in order to highlight the numerous benefits trees offer their organizations and our community as a whole.” Thirty trees will be planted at various sites throughout the day. Notable sites include: • Hawthorn Park, 6-7 a.m., at 600 W. Madison Street
• Drury University, 10-11 a.m., at 1218 N. Jefferson Avenue, and
• Parkview High School, 3:30-4:30 p.m., at 516 E. Meadowmere Street. To qualify for Tree City USA recognition, a city or town must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program and must observe Arbor Day or issue a proclamation. Springfield has met these standards each year since 1985. # # # For more information on the City of Springfield Urban Forestry program, please e-mail Casey Jo Kellner at [email protected] For media inquiries, please contact Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713.Join the Facebook event.