JEFFERSON - Jefferson Village Council mulled organizing an activity for Arbor Day during its meeting on Monday, April 2.
On Arbor Day, individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. It originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska, during 1872 by J. Sterling Morton. The first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872, and an estimated one million trees were planted that day.
Jefferson Village Councilor Frank Snyder broached the topic of Jefferson celebrating Arbor Day during the past two council meetings, as he had recently attended the 2012 North Coast Urban Forestry Conference and serves on the forestry committee in the village.
During the conference, Snyder learned about the qualifications for the village to become a Tree City USA. Jefferson, at the moment, meets some but not all of the qualifications.
To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. Tree City USA qualifications include a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Arbor Day is held every year on the last Friday in April, with Arbor Day falling on Friday, April 27, this year.
Snyder discussed the possibility of having a small ceremony for Arbor Day in the village this year, and perhaps the village planting a tree, as it has in the past.
Jefferson Village Administrator Terry Finger said the village budgeted buying trees this year, so the possibility to plant one specifically for Arbor Day was there.