Dysart to celebrate Arbor Day with events

Local conservationist Cathy Irvine leads a hike through her two acre wooded parcel on the southeast side of Dysart that she hopes to donate to the city for the creation of the Viola Irvine Nature Preserve. The preserve — named in memory of her late mother-in-law who once lived on the property — would feature a walking trail with public access from Sherman Street. Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker

Dysart will be celebrating Arbor Day on Friday, April 29, with several events. The annual Arbor Day tree planting will take place at 8:45 a.m. on the west side of D-G Elementary School. The elementary students and staff, along with Dysart’s Mayor and Tree Board, will take part in the celebration. Fifth grade poster award winners will be recognized and the new Tree City USA Flag will be presented to Mayor Glenn to celebrate Dysart’s 34th year as a Tree City USA.

A very special Arbor Day ceremony will be held at 5:00 p.m. at 310 Sherman Street. An urban woodland is being presented to the City of Dysart by its owner, Cathy Irvine. The approximately two acre woodland will be known as the Viola Irvine Nature Preserve. There will be a short program with the formal presentation of the deed to the City of Dysart and a ribbon cutting, followed by refreshments.

The public is invited to both Arbor Day events which are particularly significant this year as 2022 is the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day.