The importance of trees in an urban landscape can’t be overstated. They add beauty, provide shade, help mitigate carbon dioxide emissions and handle storm water. 

As a designated Tree City USA, the City of Salem will once again celebrate Arbor Day with planting a ceremonial tree.

“I am proud to say that Salem is continuing its long-standing legacy of being a Tree City USA participant,” said Mayor Justin Green. 

“As the Tree Board has for many years, members will be planting a special tree dedicated in honor of Arbor Day,” said Green. 

Free saplings for residents will be given out behind City Hall at Heritage Park. This year, tree distribution will be Pecan and Black Walnut varieties. The Tree Board will be giving out trees on Wednesday, April 24.  

In addition, the City of Salem is planting 40 trees throughout the community as part of a tree replacement program with the North Main Street project.  

“Increasing our tree canopy throughout the city brings many benefits and enhances the visual appearance for years to come,” said Green. “I encourage all residents to care properly for their trees and to consider planting one on their property in an appropriate location.”