An Arbor Day program will take place from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at ParGil Nature Center on SR 9 north of LaGrange.
Arbor Day has been celebrated in Indiana annually since the 1880s. It recognizes the importance of trees to the community, nation, and world. Trees help save energy as well as provide shelter from the cold winter wind and the hot rays of the summer sun. They 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 people take the time and effort to replant them. This is part of the message of Arbor Day. Future generations will reap the benefits of the trees planted today in years to come, but only if people plant at least as many trees as they use.
The Arbor Day program will not only recognize trees, but conservation minded people as well. The program will include planting trees in memory of Sam Yoder and Michael Holcomb. Yoder served as an SWCD board supervisor in the 1980s. He was a well-known excavator in LaGrange County. Holcomb grew up in LaGrange County and had an appreciation for nature. A Conservation Service Award will be presented to Richard Yoder for his dedication in serving as a SWCD supervisor for over 10 years.
For more information about the Arbor Day observance, call the SWCD office at 463-3471 ext. 3.