CHARLESTON, W.Va. – By official proclamation, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin designated April to be Arbor Month throughout the state of West Virginia.
“West Virginians value trees and forests,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Our 12 million acres of forestland provide clean air and water, beautify our landscape, provide shelter and food for our wildlife and support employment for thousands of workers.”
West Virginia’s official Arbor Day is the second Friday of April, April 13 this year. However, celebrations are scheduled throughout the month in communities all across the state.
Certified Tree City USA communities will hold Arbor Day celebrations, including
- April 13: Huntington, Williamstown and Petersburg
- April 17: Bluefield
- April 19: Hinton, Ronceverte and Lewisburg
- April 27: Elkins, Parkersburg and Summersville
- April 28: Harpers Ferry
- May 2: Follansbee
- May 4: Charles Town
Several facilities, including the Veterans Administration Hospital in Martinsburg, have events planned as well.
National Arbor Day is the last Friday of April, April 27 this year. Many states observe Arbor Day on different dates according to the best tree-planting times.
For more information about Arbor Day and Arbor Month, contact Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator Bob Hannah at 304-825-6983 or visit the Division of Forestry’s website, www.wvforestry.com.
Bob Hannah, Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator