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Posted on: April 13, 2017

Rochester Hills to Hold Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony

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Mayor Bryan K. Barnett encourages residents to join the City of Rochester Hills and Meadow Brook Hall to roll up their sleeves and celebrate Arbor Day on April 28 by helping to plant new trees on Meadow Brook's historic grounds. 

In an effort to revitalize the woodlands and kick-start a maintenance program, Meadow Brook Hall is launching the Woodland Entrance Restoration Program on Arbor Day, April 28, 2017 as a community work day and tree planting celebration. The goal will be to improve a significant area adjacent to the entrance drive.

Woodlands clean-up and planting will begin at 1:00 p.m. Following the work session, volunteers will gather along the driveway at 4:00 p.m. for the ceremonial tree planting and photo opportunity hosted by the City of Rochester Hills, an Arbor Day Foundation - Tree City USA Community. Mayor Barnett will offer remarks and pass along the shovel to Boy Scout volunteers to plant the tree.

"We're proud to partner with Meadow Brook Hall to recognize the importance of a healthy urban tree canopy." states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. "Their efforts today will provide a stronger ecosystem for wildlife for our residents to enjoy. I encourage the families of Rochester Hills to join with us and plant a tree as well."

As one of over three thousand communities across the country recognized as a Tree City USA, the City of Rochester Hills is proud to celebrate 27 years of dedication to tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship. Tree City USA is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Trees can be assets to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or shopping district, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits. A free white spruce seedling will be given to attendees at the event.

Meadow Brook Hall is located at 350 Estate Drive, Rochester, MI. For more information about Meadow Brook Hall's Woodland Restoration Program or to volunteer contact Nikki Thomas at 248.364.6209 or email thomas23@oakland.edu
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