Kingman Mayor John Salem recently pronounced the last Saturday of March as "Kingman Arbor Day." Several city and gardening officials gathered at the Kingman City Council Chambers as Salem read the proclamation. Kingman will also be celebrating the fact that it is now recognized as a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Since 2002, Nina Brackett of the School Gardening program, with cooperation of local gardening and school groups, has overseen the planting of 176 trees in Kingman in honor of Arbor Day. Arbor Day encourages the planting of trees for beautification, shade, wildlife habitat and other community benefits. Pictured from left to right in the photo, back row, is Rich Ruggles, Clean City Commission; Mike File, Mohave County School superintendent; Steve Jacobson, Clean City commissioner; Rob Grumbles, UA Extension director; and Jerry Olsen, 4-H agent. Left to right, front row, are Nina Brackett, Salem and Sandie Womack of the Arbor Day Education Program and Cerbat Garden Club.
Kingman will celebrate Arbor Day on March 31. The school of this year's winner in the Arbor Day Poster Contest will be the location of this year's celebration. All local schools are invited to adopt 5-gallon shade trees from the Unisource "Trees for YOU" program to plant at their campus and are invited to join the Arizona Centennial and Tree City USA celebration. Campus tree planting will need to be coordinated with the Mohave County School Gardening Program (deadline is March 19th.) Contact Nina Brackett at (928) 753-3788 for more information or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.