April 21, 2011

Celebrate Arbor Day at McArthur Island Park

Kamloops, B.C. - Interested residents and visitors are invited to celebrate the importance of trees in our community with Mayor Peter Milobar and councillors at the annual Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, April 29th from 10:00 am to noon at the beautiful McArthur Island Park, just west of the Boys and Girls Club.

At the event, Mayor Milobar will discuss the Operation Re-Leaf initiative which envisions Kamloops planting 20,000 trees in 4 years. To date, 14,946 trees have been planted after 3 years.

In addition, the City will be handing out tree coupons valued at $20. Residents who are unable to attend the Arbor Day event but would like a tree coupon can pick one up at either City Hall or the Public Works Centre during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am 4:00 pm. Tree coupons are available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to one per household.

The City has other tree planting incentives for residents which include:

Aspen Trees - To restore visual screening where there has been a significant loss of trees due to pine beetle infestation and increasing wildfire protection to residential homes, the City will provide aspen trees to qualified homeowners if they agree to irrigate and care for these trees.

Boulevard Tree Planting Program - This program allows neighbourhoods to apply for trees to be planted on their street if homeowners agree to be responsible for irrigating them.

Kamloops Community Forest - This is a Communities in Bloom Legacy Project where people can dedicate a memorial or celebratory tree in the area set aside between Riverside Park and Pioneer Park and in other park areas.

For more information or to apply to participate in any of these programs, please visit www.kamloops.ca/trees.

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Media Contact:
Shawn Cook, Parks Operations Supervisor
City of Kamloops