Harford County to celebrate Arbor Day

Arbor Day 2012 will be recognized by Harford on Friday at 9 a.m. at the Harford Waste Disposal Center (Scarboro Landfill) at 3135 Scarboro Road in Street.

The Arbor Day festivities will consist of tree plantings, displays, demonstrations, exhibits, refreshments and a free tree for all who attend. The goal is to plant 1,200 tree seedlings at the Scarboro Landfill site.

The Arbor Day 2012 activities mark Harford County earning the Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation for the ninth consecutive year. The Tree City USA designation recognizes the work of elected officials, staff and citizens who plant and care for the community forest. Trees are a vital component of the infrastructure of our cities and towns, and provide environmental and economic benefits.

The National Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. To qualify for the award, Harford County has an active Forestry Board, ordinances that govern tree care, a community forestry program and an Arbor Day celebration and proclamation.

Volunteers are encouraged to arrive at Scarboro Landfill by 8:45 a.m. Civic organizations, school groups, scouts and individuals are invited to participate. Volunteers should bring a hammer, shovel, work gloves, work boots and a bag lunch. The Arbor Day planting project will occur rain or shine.

For more information about the Arbor Day 2012 event, or to volunteer, please contact Betsey Greene, Department of Planning and Zoning, 410-638-3103 ext. 1380.

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