The last Friday in April – April 29, 2010 –will mark the third annual Arbor Day Observance by the Village of Put-in-Bay Tree Commission. The celebration will be held at 4:00 PM along Langram Road near the intersection of Concord Avenue. All who attend may participate in the planting of three trees: a flowering dogwood, an eastern red bud, and a witch-hazel. These trees will join the magnolia and lilac trees which were planted during previous celebrations. The trees are a wall of color in the spring and soothing shades of green in the summer months.

Arbor Day is dedicated to the planting and conservation of trees. Arbor Day was conceived in the 1870’s by Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska newspaper editor. Morton settled in treeless Nebraska and believed planting trees would help beautify, provide shade, and prevent soil erosion by creating windbreaks. Morton proposed an Arbor Day celebration and the first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872. Having met the standards required by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters, the Village of Put-in-Bay Ohio is recognized as a member of the Tree City USA Program.

Village of Put-in-Bay Mayor Judith Berry issued a proclamation naming Friday, April 29, 2011, as Arbor Day within the Village of Put-in-Bay, and the Council has appropriated the necessary funding for this observance. Members of the Put-in-Bay Tree Commission are Lisa Brohl, Kelly Faris, and Kendra Koehler. The Village of Put-in-Bay Tree Commission works closely with the Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy and the Put-in-Bay Township Park District. Please join us for this observance.