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COVID keeps students from annual tree planting

Havre celebrates 30 years as Tree City USA


Last updated 6/11/2020 at 11:47am

Havre Daily News/Jack Lambert

Mayor Tim Solomon helps plant a Bur oak tree at Optimist Park Wednesday morning. The city planted 30 trees at parks across town to celebrate its 30th year as a Tree City USA member.

In honor of Arbor Day and to celebrate 30 years of being a Tree City USA 30 trees were planted in Havre Wednesday. 

Havre Parks and Recreations Director Chris Inman said this is an annual event that is normally done with second-graders at Pepin Park, but due to COVID-19 the student participation was canceled. 

She said the second graders would plant their trees in milk jugs, grow them, plant them and then it was their choice, once the trees got big enough, if they wanted to donate them back to the city.

Havre Daily News/Jack Lambert

City worker Grayson Brenna, from left, city worker Xavier Ulano, city worker Dorian Miles, city worker Hunter Riley, mayor Tim Solomon, city worker Marvin Williams, Chris Inman and parks superintendent Joel Miller pose for a portrait Wednesday morning in Optimist Park. The city planted 30 trees at parks across town yesterday to celebrate their 30th year as a Tree City USA member.

"I enjoy this event because it teaches people the importance of trees," she said. "It takes a long time to grow a tree and it's a good way to get little kids, like second-graders involved in learning the importance of trees, how to take care of them, where to plant them, how to make them survive and all that stuff."

Five trees were planted in Optimist Park, she said, adding that six at Bert Unruh Memorial Park, 10 at Pepin Park, five at U.S. Bank Park and five at Eagles Park were planted.

Mayor Tim Solomon said it is a nice tradition that is being maintained for the future generations.

"We do miss doing it with the kids this year," he said. "It's one of the fun things you get to do with the public."

Parks and Recreation employee Dorian Miles said he really enjoys doing things for the city.

"We're just trying to do community upkeep," he said. "It's a beautiful place, so you want to keep it beautiful. Do whatever it takes."

He said he has been around a lot of places and no place is as beautiful as Havre, Montana.

Tree City USA is a program that was designed to teach communities how to plant trees and how to build their forests in their cities, Inman said. 


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