ReLeaf Arbor Day 2014

ReLeaf and the City of Greenville would like to thank the local schools that participated in our Annual Arbor Day Essay Contest and Program! 4th and 5th grade students from Eastern Elementary, The Oakwood School, South Greenville Elementary, and St. Peter's School submitted essays about the benefits of urban forestry. The children noted below received recognition and read their essays at the program hosted this year by The Oakwood School.

The master of ceremonies was Kevin Barnes, PLA, a landscape architect from ECU and member of ReLeaf. Kevin Heifferon, the City Arborist, introduced the Forestry Service representatives and received the 25th Annual Tree City Flag. City Councilwoman Marion Blackburn, read Mayor Thomas' proclamation naming May 1st Arbor Day and provided encouraging words to the students for their work.

The City of Greenville marked a milestone on this Arbor Day with its 25th designation as a Tree City USA. To be eligible for the Tree City USA recognition, a city must have an Arbor Day observance and proclamation, a tree ordinance, a tree board or department (Community Appearance Commission fills this), and a community forestry program with an annual budget of more than $160,000.

After the assembly, everyone went outside to plant the two Willow Oak trees that The Oakwood School had requested, one from ReLeaf and one from Oakwood's Environment Foundation. The trees are located at either side of the sign for the elementary school on MacGregor Downs.

2014 Essay Winners 2014 Honorable Mentions
In the News - Highlights from Arbor Day 2014

City of Greenville
designated as a Tree City
for the 25th time.