Elkhart celebrates Arbor Day

Residents in Elkhart celebrated their 25th Arbor Day on Saturday.

Folks gathered at the environmental center on Lusher Avenue for the celebration.

Mayor Dick Moore delivered his annual Arbor Day proclamation and unveiled the center's new Reflection Grove.

People also had the chance to see live milling demonstrations, check out an urban wood furniture exhibit and had the opportunity to adopt an ash tree.

The city hosts the event not only to teach residents about how important their trees are, but to maintain an important city status, thanks to local leaders.

"That's very important and helps us retain and maintain our status as a Tree City USA, not every city is,” said Elkhart Environmental Center Education Coordinator Ericka Popovich. “You have to do a number of things and you have to have support from your local leaders. And the mayors’ support is very, very important to keeping our city green, keeping it beautiful. And we are very excited to that this will be our 25th year as a Tree City USA community."

Organizers of Saturday’s event remind folks trees are not only what make the city beautiful, but they are an important resource.

They cool the city, clean the air and keep soil from washing into the river.

City trees have also been linked to lower crime rates, feelings of safety and increased community-building.

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