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 throughout the nation and the world; and
WHEREAS, trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, lower our heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife; and
WHEREAS, trees are a renewable resource, giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products; and
WHEREAS, trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas and beautify our community; and
WHEREAS, trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Fledderman, mayor of the city of Batesville, officially proclaim the day of Friday, April 25, 2014, in the city of Batesville as:
with a celebration to commence Saturday, May 3, during Sawdust Days and a pledge to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands for the future and well-being of generations to come.
Signed this 14th day of April 2014,