Letter of thanks: Arbor Day

Amber Rucker and daughter Cacilia Fortier, 3, on Arbor Day at Cecil Davis Park.<BR>Courtesy

Amber Rucker and daughter Cacilia Fortier, 3, on Arbor Day at Cecil Davis Park.<BR>Courtesy

Despite the breezy wind we expect in early spring, many Arbor Day friends and sponsors showed up at Cecil Davis Park on March 23 to celebrate and honor Kingman being recognized as Tree City USA and the 338 Kingman 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster student participation!

It started as a citywide Arbor Day celebration in conjunction with the Kingman 50th anniversary on April 25, 2002. We had help from local Kingman Area Master Gardener Volunteers from The University of Arizona Mohave County Cooperative Extension, who led as "Tree Planting Leaders," with 50 trees planted in five locations all in one day. In 2007, School Gardening partnered with the Kingman Clean City Commission to continue Arbor Day Education and Community Beautification. Over the years, more sponsors and friends came through for Kingman Arbor Day celebration and community stewardship: Mayor John Salem, Vice Mayor Janet Watson, County School Superintendent Mike File, Island Palms Nursery, Kingman Basha's, Kingman Cerbat Garden Club, Kingman Home Depot Store, Kingman Home and Garden Expo, Kingman True Value, Kingman Regional Medical Center Foundation, Little Debbie/McKee Foods, Mandarin Orchid House, Mohave County 4-H Leaders Council, Peterson-Burgess Enterprises/Desert de Oro Foods, Signs of CHAOS, Walmart, and UniSource Energy Services.

Thank you, everyone, for your help!

Kingman Arbor Day and Tree City USA Sponsors

Nina Brackett/Instructional Specialist/School Gardening and 4-H Youth Development

The University of Arizona Mohave County Cooperative Extension

and

Rich Ruggles, AICP

Principal Planner

City of Kingman Development Services Dept.

Kingman Clean City Commission