Going green

City to plant 75 trees around Kingman

Fifth-graders at La Senita Elementary School plant 10 trees along the fence last Friday in celebration of Arbor Day. Members of the Kingman Master Gardeners helped the students place and plant the trees. JENNIFER BARTLETT/Miner

Fifth-graders at La Senita Elementary School plant 10 trees along the fence last Friday in celebration of Arbor Day. Members of the Kingman Master Gardeners helped the students place and plant the trees. JENNIFER BARTLETT/Miner

Kingman is celebrating Arbor Day by encouraging tree planting around Kingman's streets, parks, schools and homes.

The Clean City Commission is working with the University of Arizona Mohave County Cooperative Extension Office to plant 75 trees around town in celebration of Arbor Day 2007.

The Kingman Master Gardeners and Kingman Cerbat Garden Clubs will be volunteering for tree plantings throughout Kingman.

Schools are invited to participate in the National Arbor Day Foundation's poster contest. Participants will learn about this year's theme, rain forests, and will create a poster representing their interpretation of the theme.

Businesses are encouraged to joint the "Business Beautification Challenge" by funding school tree planting projects and/or competing in the business tree-planting program.

Local businesses are challenged to beautify their property by planting trees or improving existing landscaping. They can then nominate their achievement by submitting photos (before and after) and a brief description of what they did. "The city of Kingman is promoting the preservation of Great Trees in Kingman. In keeping with the Great Trees of Arizona theme, we wish to recognize the significance of trees in our community.

This significance may be measured in various ways, such as: terms of history, age of the tree, extraordinary size, being of a rare or unusual species.

The city of Kingman wants to recognize and support the preservation of all Great Trees of Kingman by accepting nominations from local citizens for trees that meet one or more of the qualities listed above," a recent news release stated.

Nomination forms can be found at the University of Arizona Mohave County Cooperative Extension office at 101 E. Beale St., Suite A; the Kingman City Complex at 310 N. Fourth St.; the Kingman Development Services Department at 201 N. Fourth St.; or at the city's Web site, www.cityofkingman.gov.

Fifteen trees will be planted at Cecil Davis Park at 8 a.m. Friday. Anyone who wishes to help can join members of the Kingman Master Gardeners and Kingman Cerbat Garden Club.

National Arbor Day typically falls on the last Friday of April, however, states around the country can choose their own dates to celebrate Arbor Day, according to arborday.org. Kingman chose to celebrate Arbor Day with a proclamation on April 16.

Throughout the subsequent weeks, the city has encouraged the planting of trees that will culminate with the planting at Cecil Park. Other celebrations and contests will continue into June.

For more information, contact Rich Ruggles at 753-8160.