Arbor Day in the City of Grand Junction is April 17, and this year the city will be celebrating a special milestone.
During Monday night's City Council meeting, a proclamation was given to the City Forestry Board in honor of the City's 25th anniversary as a Tree City U.S.A.
To receive that title, cities must meet several criteria to show their dedication to planting and protecting trees. Grand Junction is one of only 3,800 cities across the country with that distinction.
To celebrate, the city will be donating 25 trees to Mesa State College, and will be planting new trees at the Canyon View dog park and Riverside Parkway.
"It's really just a day to honor trees and realize what they do for us," said Kamie Long, a forester with the Colorado State Forest Service. "Without trees, we would not exist."
On Saturday April 19, the city will host the Southwest Arbor Fest, which will take place at Lincoln Park.