The importance of trees was the theme during Friday’s Arbor Day celebration in Liberty Park. For the past five years Sedalia has been designated as a Tree City USA and part of those requirements include hosting Arbor Day activities. Earlier in the day members of the Tree Board and officials with the Missouri Department of Conservation handed out some 1,200 tree seedlings to area residents before attending a special ceremony at the park.
Mayor Steve Galliher read a proclamation and was on hand to receive a special five-year designation of being a Tree City from the MDC. In addition, Smith-Cotton High School Enviro-thon teams and the Sedalia Master Gardeners were recognized for their environmental work. The event was capped off with officials from MDC, the city and Tree Board and Master Gardeners pitching in to help mulch a new Red Bud tree in the park.
The celebration will continue today with a special tree-climbing event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park. Daivd Slane, with Tree Climbers International, showed off his climbing skills for the group Friday, and encouraged area residents “from 5 to 95” to take part in the event.