4-19-13 Communities throughout West Virginia hold celebrations

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CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has designated April as Arbor Month throughout the state of West Virginia.

“Our trees and forests play an important role in the Mountain State — cleaning the air we breathe and the water we drink, providing shelter and food for our wildlife, supporting employment for thousands of workers and surrounding our communities with natural beauty,” Gov. Tomblin said. “I encourage all West Virginians to plant a tree or participate in a local event in celebration of Arbor Month.”

Officials from the Division of Forestry will assist communities throughout the state with tree plantings, Arbor Day celebrations and Tree City USA award celebrations, including April 26: Elkins and Summersville, April 27: Harpers Ferry, April 29: Bath, April 30: Petersburg and Williamstown, May 3: Charles Town and May 6: Follansbee.

West Virginia’s official Arbor Day was Friday, April 12, but many communities scheduled celebrations later in the month due to weather concerns.

National Arbor Day is the last Friday of the month – April 26 this year.

For more information about Arbor Day and Arbor Month, contact Urban Forestry Coordinator Bob Hannah at 304-825-6983 or visit the Division of Forestry’s website, www.wvforestry.com.

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