By Aila Boyd
aboyd@ourvalley.org

Buchanan didn’t let the rain stop it from holding its 12th annual Arbor Day Celebration last Friday.

The celebration was held at the Town Park where three tents were set up to allow town residents to “plant the seeds of tomorrow today.”

This isn’t our worst weather for Arbor Day,” Harry Gleason, community development planner for the town, said, adding that there was an ice storm during the ceremony two years earlier. He noted that fortunately, the weather has been cooperative for most of the celebrations.

The annual celebration is conducted as part of the Tree City USA program, which is administered by the Arbor Day Foundation. According to the foundation’s website, the program started in 1976. Since then, more than 3,400 communities have committed to being part of the program. Salem, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Vinton are also part of the Tree City USA program.

The requirements for being part of the Tree City USA program include the maintaining of a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita…



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