Charlotte, NC-- Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department urges residents to recognize Arbor Day in North Carolina on March 19, 2010. Arbor Day in NC is traditionally the first Friday after March 15.
Arbor Day is set aside here, as in many states, to show how much we appreciate TREES! Three events will take place in Mecklenburg County parks as part of the 2010 Arbor Day weekend:
- Friday, March 19, 11am, at Eastway Park, 423 Eastway Drive: The Charlotte Tree Advisory Commission will plant two trees in memory of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton who were killed in the line of duty in April, 2007. These will be large trees, more than 20 feet tall, set in place with a “Big John” transplant machine. (That is a BIG machine!)
- Friday, March 19, 9am-1pm at Col. Francis Beatty Park, 4330 Weddington Road: Park and Recreation’s Horticulture Team will plant many small mixed hardwood trees (about 12 inches tall) beside the tennis courts and install mulch and two birdhouses on poles in the area. A commemorative brick will mark the occasion.
- Saturday, March 20, 9am-12Noon and 2-4pm, at Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd: Park and Recreation’s Horticulture Team, Volunteers from Hands-on Charlotte and Girl Scouts will plant five trees (four scarlet oaks and one live oak). These trees are 10-12 feet tall. They will be planted in the back parking lot beside ball fields. A commemorative brick will mark the occasion.
The state legislature ratified Arbor Day in North Carolina in 1967, stating that "It is desirable that the planting of seedlings and flowering shrubs be encouraged to promote the beautification and conservation of the vast and varied resources of North Carolina, and…the designation of a particular day each year as Arbor Day would encourage and draw attention to a concerted effort by North Carolinians to beautify and conserve the state's resources by planting young trees and shrubs."