The Fargo Forestry Department, Fargo Park District, River Keepers, Cass County Soil Conservation District and Audubon Dakota will celebrate Arbor Day and receive the “Tree City USA” award on Friday, May 17, 9:30 a.m. at Eagle Point II Park (1646 73rd Ave S.).  Students from Carl Ben Eielson and Discovery Middle Schools, along with several other volunteers, will be planting about 95 trees throughout the park.  Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, North Dakota Forest Service representatives Lezlee Johnson and Mary O’Neill, and Fargo Park District Executive Director Joel Vettel are also scheduled to speak.  The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

This year marks the 42nd time that the National Arbor Day Foundation has named Fargo a “Tree City USA.”  To receive this honor, the City of Fargo met the requirements by establishing the following:

·         A tree board or department

·         A tree care ordinance

·         A comprehensive community forestry program

·         An official Arbor Day observance