APRIL 7, 1997
Woodinville will celebrate Arbor Day April 12 at downtown Memorial Park with pruning tips, local history, the awarding of a Tree City USA plaque and a work party to spruce up the cemetery.
by Andrew Walgamott
The City of Woodinville will celebrate Arbor Day April 12 at the downtown Memorial Park. Beginning at 10 a.m. in the secluded cemetery, the event will include a pruning demonstration, a presentation of Tree City USA plaques, and a cleanup of the park.
Arborist Ian MacCallum will be on site demonstrating pruning techniques, and the Woodinville Tree Board plans to have a booth with informational material on the care and upkeep of trees and shrubs.
"There will be all sorts of material regarding the proper management of trees and shrubs--everything from corrective pruning to hazard tree assessment. We will have printed materials on all aspects of trees and shrubs in the landscape," said Tree Board member Molly Beck.
Woodinville will also be recognized as a 1997 Tree City USA. Karen Ripley from the Resource Protection Division of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources will present the city with a plaque, highway signs, and a flag in recognition of its commitments to maintaining trees in town. City planner Joe Wallis said four highway signs would be erected on the roads into Woodinville.
"It is an exciting honor for the city to be receiving the prestigious Tree City USA designation," said Marie Stake, community services coordinator. The designation requires that communities must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance. According to Wallis, Woodinville spends $2 per capita on tree care.
Members of the Woodinville Historical Society will be present to share interesting facts and stories about the 108-year-old pioneer cemetery. For example, Regine Hammer and her sister, both of whom died of diphtheria, were the first people to be buried there in 1888. The site was deeded for a cemetery by local pioneers Ira and Susan Woodin on April 4, 1889. A corner of the cemetery was set aside for "paupers and unknown persons."
Arbor Day began in Nebraska in 1872 when more than a million trees were planted in one day. Now, many states and countries celebrate Arbor Day.
For more information, contact Joe Wallis, Woodinville City Hall, 489-2754.