Tree City USA

2009 Arbor Day


Pratt Recreation employee, George Brown, coordinated the 2009 Arbor Day Celebration with residents of Parkwood Village. Following the Pratt City Commissions proclamation for Arbor Day, 3 Oak trees were planted at the Green Sports Complex.


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: This 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, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life- giving 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 area, and beautify our community, and

WHEREAS: Trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jeff Taylor, Mayor of the City of Pratt, Kansas, do hereby proclaim April 23, 2009 as:


in the City of Pratt and call upon all citizens to support all efforts to care for our trees and woodlands and

FURTHER, I urge all citizens to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations.

DATED: This 20th day of April, 2009.

____Jeff Taylor________________