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Great Bend proclaimed ‘Tree City’ 31 times over

Great Bend Tree Board member and arborist Michael Fletcher shows fourth-grade students at Holy Family School a special root on a redbud tree seedling. He was there Wednesday to show students the proper way to plant the seedlings each would receive at the end of the day in recognition of Arbor Da...

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Three decades ago, the Great Bend City Tree Board took part in a Tree City USA challenge, issued by the Arbor Day Foundation.  The tree board met regularly, the mayor proclaimed Great Bend a Tree City and proclaimed April 25 National Arbor Day, encouraging people to plant trees, and the Tree Board began an ongoing project to beautify the city through the planting of redbud trees.
Now, years later, history continues to repeat itself, as Great Bend was awarded its 31st consecutive designation as a Tree City on Wednesday afternoon by Bryan Peterson, Northwest District Forester with the Kansas Forest ...


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