The day of events started with an volunteers from the local 4-H Club, Boy Scouts, and Monticello Tree Board planting five trees at the Hunger Run Access pavilion and fishing dock. Drew County 4-H’ers presented a poem and general facts about planting tree and urban forestry; followed by a proclamation being presented by Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker.
Arkansas Forestry Commission District Forester Jerry Lynn presented a Tree City, USA flag to Mayor Tucker in recognition the city' qualifying another year for the national program. Special guest Smokey Bear also made an appearance to personally greet the volunteers.
The City must meet four standards annually to qualify for the Tree City, USA program, which is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation. One of the standards is to conduct an Arbor Day ceremony with a proclamation. Monticello is one of only about 50 Tree City, USA communities in Arkansas. While, its local college, UAM, is only one of two campuses in Arkansas to qualify as a Tree Campus, USA.
The Monticello Tree Board has seven members. It is a local government commission dedicated to promoting the benefits of trees and the development of a sustainable community forest in Monticello through education, tree planting projects, and partnerships. Recent projects have included pruning and tree planting at the city parks. Future projects will depend on grant opportunities and donations.
For more information about the Monticello Tree Board or Tree City, USA, contact Tree Board Chair Chris Stuhlinger, email@example.com.