On November 3rd, 2016, Mayor Laura Hill presented a proclamation at Bob Jones Nature Center in recognition of Arbor Day in Southlake.
In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting and nurturing of trees, and in 2016, we are celebrating the 144th anniversary of Arbor Day which is now observed throughout the nation and the world; and,
Whereas, this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed in Nebraska with the planting of more than a million trees, which 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 a habitat for wildlife; and,
Whereas, trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, and fuel for our fires. They also beautify our community and are a source of spiritual renewal; now,
Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, urge all residents to celebrate Arbor Day in November and to support efforts to plant trees, and to recognize all the ways trees enrich our lives and stabilize our environment.