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SWCD to commemorate Arbor Day


The LaGrange County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will hold an Arbor Day program from 4-5 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at ParGil Nature Center. The nature center is located at 2335N SR 9 in LaGrange.

Arbor Day has been celebrated in Indiana annually since the 1880s. It recognizes the importance of trees to the community, the nation, and the world. Trees help save energy, provide shelter from the cold winter wind and the hot rays of the summer sun, raise the value of property, and provide beauty, color and building materials. They are a natural, renewable resource of incalculable value.

Trees are only renewable, however, as we take the time and effort to replant them. This is part of the message of Arbor Day. Our children and grandchildren will reap the benefits of the trees we plant today in years to come, but only if we plant at least as many trees as we use.

The Arbor Day program will not only recognize trees, but conservation minded people, too. The program will include planting trees in memory of Dorothy (Dottie) Calhoun, who served as secretary in the LaGrange County Surveyor’s office for many years, and Marcia Booher, who instilled an appreciation for nature and natural resources conservation in the students she taught at Prairie Heights Elementary School. Please join the SWCD for these dedications, a short program, and light refreshments.

For more information about the Arbor Day observance, call the SWCD office at 463-3471 ext. 3.