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Northern Nevada Celebrates Arbor Day

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Reno and Sparks celebrated trees Friday as part of National Arbor Day.

At Greenbrae Elementary in Sparks, second graders had a chance to ask questions about trees and to actually help plant a new tree for their school. After talking about why trees are important and about what trees need, they all had a chance to toss in handfuls of dirt and to water their new tree.

The City of Reno is one of 3,000 cities across the country designated as Tree Cities by the National Arbor Foundation. And Reno is the oldest city in the state with that designation.

In fact Reno's Urban Forester Steve Churchilla says the city has more trees than you might imagine. "We watch over 25,000 trees on public property and we estimate that there are about ten times that on private property around the city, mostly in residential areas," he says.

The University of Nevada is adding trees and going for a designation as a Tree Campus USA. Today they added a Paw Paw sapling. And earlier this week they moved five mature trees from the Getchell Library demolition area to the Lawlor Events Center to save them.

"Trees are good for the environment, good for people's health. People love to look at them and they offer shade and help cut down on energy bills. And we see the value in moving them. It was cheaper to move those five mature trees than it would have been to buy even one tree that big," said Marty Sillito, the Assistant Grounds Manager.

And all three events made the trees the stars today.

Written by Erin Breen
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