Shawano plans Arbor Day event

The city of Shawano will honor award recipients who are making the community a little greener for Arbor Day at 10 a.m. April 28 at Smalley Park.

Members of the Shawano Tree Advisory Committee and city officials will recognize Friend of Nature Award winners Don and Jackie Fairbairn and River Ridge Condominium Group as this year’s award recipients.

The Friend of Nature Awards are given to individuals and businesses who have shown leadership and commitment to improving their properties by planting and protecting trees and landscape plants. The plantings enhance the natural qualities of the properties for improved natural beauty, improved air quality, improved stormwater runoff, and by providing shade, aesthetics, bird habitat and shoreland restoration.

In recognition of this award each property will have a Nature’s Friend sign posted on their yards for public viewing and a tree planted in their honor provided by the Shawano Public Works Department.

The city is celebrating 27 years as a Tree City USA national member and a ninth year Growth Award. It is also celebrating it’s 18th year as a Tree Line USA Award recipient with support from Shawano Municipal Utilities.