Las Vegas Ward 6 Councilman Steven D. Ross, City Manager Betsy Fretwell, a third-grade class from Kay Carl Elementary School and their principal Dr. Robert Bennett, and city of Las Vegas staff will plant a Raywood ash tree starting at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 20, in Polly Gonzalez Memorial Park in honor of Arbor Day. Councilman Ross will present a proclamation from the mayor and City Council. The park is located adjacent to the school at 5425 Corbett St., at the corner of West El Campo Grande and North Bradley Road.
During the event, Laura Eisenberg, a community forester with the Nevada Division of Forestry, will present the city with a Tree City USA flag. This marks the 21st year Las Vegas has earned this recognition from the National Arbor Day Foundation because of the city’s program to care for community trees.
Students from teacher Sue Rodrigues’ third-grade class will sing a song and place a time capsule that includes short essays they have written regarding what is happening environmentally in Las Vegas and around the world.
“I am looking forward to sharing this tree planting with the children of Kay Carl Elementary School,” Councilman Ross said. “We’ll be educating the children while we add a flowering shade tree with stunning red fall foliage to this great park. These fast-growing, low-rainfall trees last 80 years or more, making this one a lifetime friend for these children. Adding drought-tolerant trees is part of the city’s sustainability plan.”
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, city 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.
Although Arbor Day was celebrated April 26 this year in Nevada, the children’s celebration has been deferred until May 20 due to scheduling conflicts.
Free brochures regarding tree selection, tree planting and tree care are available to download online.