Oklahoma Communities Encouraged to Celebrate Arbor Week

A day is set aside each year in Oklahoma, as in many other states, to show just how much trees are appreciated.  Arbor Week is just around the corner and since 1901—the state’s first official Arbor Day—Oklahoman’s have annually observed this tree planting tradition.

The Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry is encouraging communities, schools and individuals to plan an activity during the state Arbor Week March 21 – 27, 2010.

Some appropriate activities for observing Arbor Day include planting tree seedlings or dedicating a tree to an individual, group or cause,” said state forester John Burwell. “Communities might also undertake a beautification project at a city park or school.”

Oklahoma Forestry Services is proud to announce the state level winners of the 2010 Arbor Day National Poster Contest. The theme of this year’s contest was “Trees are Terrific…and Energy Wise!”

Fifth graders from across Oklahoma participated in this competition celebrating trees.  First place winner, Caden Unger hails from Maryetta School in Stilwell where a special tree planting ceremony will occur during Arbor Week. Unger’s winning poster will be submitted to the national contest with top winners from across the country. Oklahoma has won the national competition for the past 2 years!

Oklahoma has become the state to beat in the National Arbor Day Poster competition,” said Christina Stallings Roberson, education coordinator for Oklahoma Forestry Services. “We are very proud of the students who create artwork honoring how trees contribute to their lives.”

Other Oklahoma winners are second place- Taylor Scoggin, Cross Timbers Elementary,  Edmond; third place - Annie Wise, Holland Hall Middle School, Tulsa;  Honorable Mention were awarded to Danielle Brown, Washington Elementary, Norman and Alex Munoz, Washington Irving Elementary, Edmond.

The state level winning posters can be viewed at www.forestry.ok.gov  and ideas for Arbor Week celebrations can be found at www.arborday.org. To request a copy of Oklahoma’s 2010 winning poster contact Christina Stallings Roberson at (405)522-6158 or email christina.stallings@oda.state.ok.us.

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"Other holidays repose upon the past. Arbor Day proposes for the future.”  J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day in Nebraska—1872