SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
The base received its eighth-straight Tree City USA award from the Colorado Forest Service during an Arbor Day ceremony at the Child Development Center here May 3.
To be eligible for the award, cities and bases must have a tree city board and a tree-care ordnance, spend $2 or more per person annually on urban forest maintenance and hold an Arbor Day observance or proclamation, according to the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Web site, www.arborday.org
“Trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal,” said Andy Schlosberg of the Colorado Forest Service, quoting from an Arbor Day proclamation.
“Planting a tree symbolizes an act of faith in the future,” said Col. Cal Hutto, 50th Space Wing Vice Commander. “We have a task before us to show that we are committed to making the base a better place for those who will be here after us.”
Colonel Hutto then proclaimed May 3 as Arbor Day 2006 for Schriever.
The 50th Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Flight held a free raffle for shrubs and birdhouses at the ceremony. They also threw polo shirts and coffee cup holders into the crowd of about 40 who attended the event.
Lt. Col. Rick Blaisdell, Schriever’s Civil Engineer and 50th CES Commander, chairs Schriever’s Tree City Board.
J. Sterling Morton, originally from Detroit, proposed the first Arbor Day to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture Jan. 4, 1872.
The state celebrated its first Arbor Day April 10; the day became a state holiday in 1885 and was moved to April 22.
The new trees helped prevent soil erosion and provided wood and paper products for new settlers.
The Nebraska City newspaper reported of its city’s 1885 observance: “To say that (Arbor Day) was a complete success but faintly expresses it. A celebration of this kind results in good to all and is worthy of imitation by every school in the state.”