Arbor Day Celebration is April 30

NEWTON, N.C. (April 11, 2016) - Newton will celebrate Arbor Day with the planting of a river birch at Jacob Fork Park.

The Arbor Day Celebration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Free refreshments and seedlings will be available for attendees. Jacob Fork Park is located at 3730 West N.C. 10.

The Newton Tree Board, which organizes the annual celebration, selected a river birch because it is a native species.

River birches grow naturally along river banks, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. The trees are valued for relatively rapid growth, tolerance of wetness and some drought, unique curling bark, spreading limbs, and relative resistance to birch borer. Their wood was once used for ox yokes, wooden shoes and other products around farms.

Newton is recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA. To achieve that status, the city maintains a Tree Board, has community tree ordinances, spends at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrates Arbor Day.

For more information, call the Newton Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.