Lewiston celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting ceremony

Lewiston celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting ceremony
LEWISTON, ID - The City of Lewiston and Nez Perce County helped honor National Arbor Day Thursday morning as community members gathered to observe the planting of trees downtown.

Although Arbor Day is typically celebrated on the last Friday of April, many States observe Arbor Day on different dates according to their best tree-planting times. Arbor Day originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska in 1874 after pioneers advocated for the importance of trees.

"This has become a tradition in Lewiston," said Lewiston City Forester Philip Shinn. "This is the first of many trees that we'll be planting."

"Trees are part of what we are as a county," said Nez Perce County Commissioner Douglas Zenner. "From harvesting them, to building homes, to supplying park benches, that's what trees are."

Lewiston received its 24th Tree City U.S.A. Award from the Arbor Day Foundation in conjunction with Nez Perce County, who received their 11th.

Tree-planting ceremonies will continue around the City into next week and are open to the public.