The Hannibal Tree Board and Hannibal Parks & Recreation are celebrating Arbor Day at 1:30 p.m. April 28 by planting a overcup oak at Central Park.
Fourth-graders from Stowell, St. John’s and Eugene Field schools will participate, along with Tree Board members Paul Miller, Kristy Trevathan, Stephan Franke, Harry Graves and Max Vance. The city of Hannibal was named a Tree City USA for the 24th year.
The tree will planted in honor of Danny Henley, who covered the Tree Board for many years while a reporter for the Hannibal Courier-Post.
Each year in April, National Arbor Day encourages everyone to celebrate and plant trees. The observance takes place each year on the last Friday in April.
According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, trees are more than signals of the changing season. They provide vital protection for the Earth’s topsoil from erosion, oxygen, and homes for wildlife. Trees also are a renewable resource that provides a variety of materials for building, fuel and office supplies. When we plant trees in our yard, we improve our enjoyment of our outdoor living spaces and our overall quality of life. National Arbor Day celebrates all these things and aims for American generations to enjoy all the benefits trees have to offer.