Statewide Arbor Month Celebration in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

May 15, 2013 Updated May 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Hundreds gathered at Chester Bowl in Duluth Wednesday to help plant trees as part of Minnesota's Arbor Month Celebration.

Mayor Don Ness, along with City Councilor Sharla Gardner and Duluth Schools Superintendent Bill Gronseth helped plant a ceremonial tree at Wednesday's event.

For the first time Duluth was chosen to hold the statewide arbor day celebration.

Chester Bowl lost many trees during the June flood and this winter's snowstorms and so the plantings were well received.

Duluth Maintenance Operations Manager Kelly Fleissner says citizens need to realize how important trees are to the environment.

"When we haven't been careful about taking care of the land and planting trees- we have seen some devastating results throughout the years in this country and in the Duluth area," said Fleissner.

Fleissner says the city hopes to continue planting trees across the city.

Students from Lester Park and Lakewood School also helped out in planting 300 trees today.

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