Kingsport to hold 29th Arbor Day Celebration

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KINGSPORT ‚¬ Mayor Dennis Phillips will issue a proclamation declaring Kingsports 29th Arbor Day Celebration at noon Friday, March 20, 2015 at Ross N. Robinson Middle School.

Kingsports Arbor Day Celebration is a partnership with Domtar, the City of Kingsport, the Kingsport Tree Advisory Board and Keep Kingsport Beautiful.

Annually, Kingsports Streets and Sanitation Department maintains more than 10,000 trees and plants more than 300 shrubs and 100 new trees through City funding, grants and partnerships such as the Keep Kingsport Beautiful Tree Fund.

The Department also removes damaged or deceased trees on public lands, while annually providing upkeep of 19 park facilities, more than 12 acres of landscaping and 827 acres of green space.

Trees are an essential aspect of the Citys green infrastructure, Landscape Specialist Lewis Bausell said. Trees clean our environment, beautify our view sheds and illustrate the environmental quality we strive to preserve for our residents and visitors.

After the proclamation, a representative of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry will present a Tree City USA flag and recognize Kingsport as a Tree City USA for the 29th consecutive year.‚  The program is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation, the National Association of State Foresters, USDA Forest Service and the Tennessee Division of Forestry.

To receive Tree City USA designation, Kingsport maintains a tree advisory board, tree care ordinance, community forestry program, and annually celebrates Arbor Day.

The celebration also will include additions to the Notable Trees of Kingsport registry. A partnership with Domtar, Keep Kingsport Beautiful, and the Tree Advisory Board, the registry will add two trees from Bays Mountain Park.

The Notable Tree Program recognizes residents who maintain and preserve special trees within the city limits of Kingsport. Trees are selected based on size, condition, historical interest, or special significance to an area.

To nominate a tree, please contact call 423-229-9451 or 423-392-8814. To view images of current Notable Trees, please visit www.publicworks.kingsporttn.gov/streets-sanitation.