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Shade Tree Commission

STATE OF NEW JERSEY
COUNTY OF HUNTERDON

PROCLAMATION
ARBOR DAY APRIL 29, 2005

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, 2005 marks the 133rd Anniversary of Arbor Day, which 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 providing paper, wood for homes, fuel for fires, a natural chemical source for pharmaceutical products and they beautify our community; and

WHEREAS, trees, wherever they are planted, trees are a source of joy and spiritual renewal; and

WHEREAS, the Hunterdon County Shade Tree Commission, the Hunterdon County Soil Conservation District and the Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation Department, have scheduled a public celebration to mark this important occasion, involving the planting of a Cooper Beech Tree, distribution of free seedlings, as well as tree selection and tree planting information, at the Route 12 County Complex, at 2:00 p.m., on Friday, April 29, 2005, to mark this occasion.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Hunterdon does hereby proclaim, Friday, April 29, 2005, as the 133rd Anniversary Celebration of Arbor Day, in Hunterdon County, and urges all County residents and municipalities to celebrate Arbor Day and support the efforts to protect the trees and woodlands; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all citizens are urged to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well being of this and future generations.

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