Local park receives new tree for Arbor Day!

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HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – With Arbor Day right around the corner, community members gathered today at the Harris Riverfront Park for a small pre-celebration.

Community members were joined by Mayor Steve Williams and forestry advocates for an Arbor Day proclamation, where Mayor Williams declared today, April 23rd, Huntington’s Arbor Day. 

During the event, local and state forestry advocates spoke about all that trees do for the community and the environment and the celebration ended with a tree planting ceremony.

The park now holds a brand new gum tree. 

Officials say if you want to take part in this Arbor Day celebration, one small thing you can do is plant a tree. 

“Pick somewhere in their neighborhood or maybe a small flowering… something along those lines. But I just encourage people to plant trees,” says Andy Sheetz the Partnership Coordinator for West Virginia Division of Forestry. 

Mayor Williams says he’s happy to have this extra distinction for Huntington for the past 21 years and to have “set a standard” for others around the nation to follow.  

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