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Thomas Paine students learn more of the significance of trees at Arbor Day celebration

Children from Urbana’s Thomas Paine Elementary joined the City of Urbana and Urbana Park District at an Arbor Day celebration Friday, April 27, at Lohmann Park.

Urbana Mayor Dianne Marlin read an Arbor Day Proclamation and City Arborist Mike Brunk, talked about how important trees are and the history of Arbor Day. The students visited several stations where they learned more about trees and helped mulch them.

“The students helped plant a Swamp White Oak and a Bur Oak as part of the Arbor Day celebration,” said Rich McMahon, Urbana Park District Grounds Maintenance Supervisor.

Urbana is celebrating its 43rd year as a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The Tree City USA program provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities in the U.S. and worldwide.


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