Mayor Pro Tem Stavros S. Anthony, a first- and second-grade class from Eileen Conners Elementary School, and city of Las Vegas staff will plant a shoestring acacia tree starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, in Majestic Park in honor of Arbor Day. Mayor Pro Tem Anthony will present a proclamation from the Mayor and City Council. The children also will bury a time capsule with the tree. Majestic Park is located at 3997 Hualapai Way. The tree will be planted near the Hualapai/Alexander Road entrance.
Laura Eisenberg, a community forester with the Nevada Division of Forestry, will present the city with a Tree City USA flag, marking the 20th year Las Vegas has earned this recognition from the National Arbor Day Foundation because of the city's program to care for community trees.
The city of Las Vegas has an ongoing program to plant trees in our community and in our parks. The city established a tree ordinance in 1950. Today, Parks and Open Spaces Division staff work closely with community volunteers who participate in the program to plant and maintain trees. Trees enhance air quality, reduce energy consumption and costs, reduce erosion, provide shade and renewable resources, produce oxygen, provide habitat for wildlife, increase property values, beautify our community and benefit the environment overall.
"I am looking forward to sharing this tree planting with the children of Eileen Connors Elementary School," said Mayor Pro Tem Anthony. "We’ll be educating the children while we add a beautiful flowering evergreen that is tolerant of our desert climate to this great park. Adding drought-tolerant trees is part of the city's sustainability plan."
Although Arbor Day is celebrated April 27 this year in Nevada, the children's celebration has been deferred until May 9 to accommodate mandatory testing taking place in the school that day.
Free brochures regarding tree selection, tree planting and tree care are available to download here.