SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
More than 50 children and base personnel attended a tree planting ceremony, in front of the Child Development Center here as the base celebrated Arbor Day, June 7.
“Arbor Day celebrates a tradition that began in Nebraska more than 140 years ago as a way to encourage homesteaders and settlers to plant trees that would provide shade, shelter, food, fuel and beauty for the residents of the largely treeless plains. Today, we are planting a symbolic tree and making yet another investment in our future. Planting trees and being part of the Tree City USA Program is a great way to show Team Schriever’s commitment to stewardship and environmental management,” said Col. Jason Janaros, 50th Mission Support Group commander.
The Arbor Day ceremony kicked off with opening remarks from Barry Moncrief, 50th Space Wing Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Office.
“Arbor Day is a day we set aside to think about trees and their importance in our lives and in our environment,” Moncrief said.
Andy Schlosberg, Colorado State Forest Service assistant district forester for Woodland Park District, gave an official proclamation and presented a plaque to Janaros. The plaque recognized Schriever as one of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA communities. This is the 18th year in a row that the base has earned this recognition.
“The State Forest Service administers this in Colorado for the Abor Day Foundation, and we are recognizing Schriever Air Force Base for meeting the minimum requirements, and going above and beyond the minimum requirements for obtaining Tree City USA status,” Schlosberg said.
According to arborday.org the Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns throughout America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to become a Tree City USA. They have achieved Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.
“Schriever has a pretty well-organized natural resource organization of its own,” Schlosberg said.
All children and youth at the CDC and Student Age Program were given commemorative T-shirts for the event.
Arbor Day was created by J. Sterling Morton, a Detroit native who moved to Nebraska in 1854 and started planting trees in his community to help make the area feel more like his Michigan home. Arbor Day is traditionally celebrated on the final Friday in April; however, the Schriever Arbor Day celebration typically takes place in June because the weather is better suited for planting young trees.