Trail­side trees planted to cel­e­brate Ar­bor Day

The Weekly Vista - - News - KEITH BRYANT

Bella Vis­tans gath­ered to cel­e­brate Ar­bor Day last Fri­day, April 27.

City coun­cil mem­ber Linda Lloyd said that this cel­e­bra­tion is one of the re­quire­ments for the city to be rec­og­nized through the Tree City USA pro­gram, a pro­gram put in place by the Ar­bor Day foun­da­tion that pro­vides sup­port to tree-friendly com­mu­ni­ties.

While Bella Vista does al­ready have a lot of trees, she said, the re­sources this pro­gram can pro­vide are valu­able.

“It’s more than just our trees,” Lloyd said. “We need to do proper stew­ard­ship.”

In par­tic­u­lar, she said builders need to be ed­u­cated. Im­proper con­struc­tion, she said, can kill trees and lead to costly re­movals down the road. In many cases, she said, builders are clear cut­ting lots.

“There’s a lot of tree ed­u­ca­tion we need to do,” Lloyd said.

Ali­son Litchy, Ur­ban Forestry Co­or­di­na­tor with the Arkansas Forestry Ser­vice, came up from Lit­tle Rock to speak and help plant trees at the Bear Hol­low trail­head.

The trees be­ing planted, she said, were two-yearold Shu­mard Oak and Bald Cy­press, both na­tive to Arkansas.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful tree,” she said.

Bella Vista res­i­dent Nancy Gil­more showed up for the cel­e­bra­tion. It was good to see the city putting trees along­side this trail­head, she said, be­cause they will pro­vide ex­cel­lent shade for that park­ing lot in the fu­ture.

“I am just so glad we’re do­ing it,” she said.

Patti Er­win with the Arkansas Forestry Com­mis­sion said this cel­e­bra­tion was a good chance to put new trees.

“To­day, we are cel­e­brat­ing Na­tional Ar­bor Day,” she said. “Of course, any time’s a good time to plant a tree.”

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

Trails co­or­di­na­tor Kay Curry, left, plants a tree with help from Mike Abb dur­ing an Ar­bor Day cel­e­bra­tion at the Bear Hol­low trail­head last Fri­day.

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