PROCLAMATION IN RECOGNITION OF THE OBSERVANCE OF BENICIA ARBOR DAY ON OCTOBER 15, 2011 AND A TREE CITY USA QUALIFICATION EVENT ON OCTOBER 15, 2011

October 4, 2011

WHEREAS, in 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the

Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the

planting of trees; and

WHEREAS, the holiday called Arbor Day was first observed

with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska; and

WHEREAS, Arbor Day is now observed at various times of the

year throughout the nation and the world; and

WHEREAS, trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil

due to wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate

the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, reduce

greenhouse gas emissions, and provide for wildlife; and

WHEREAS, trees are a renewable resource giving us paper

products and wood for homes and businesses; and

WHEREAS, trees beautify our community, increase property

values, enhance the economic vitality of the business areas; and

WHEREAS, trees, where properly planted, are a source of joy

and spiritual renewal.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT I, Elizabeth

Patterson, Mayor, on behalf of the City of Benicia, do hereby proclaim

the week beginning Sunday, October 9 through Saturday, October 15,

Benicia Arbor Week and Saturday, October 15, 2011 Benicia Arbor

Day.

 

Elizabeth Patterson, Mayor

October 4, 2011

 

Benicia Arbor Day 2011 Proclamation