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Posted on: April 24, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Arbor Day To Be Celebrated With Tree Planting At Sunset Park

The new Sunset Park and Trail will be enhanced with 25 new trees this spring because of donations from ADM Cares and Fantastic 4-H’ers.

Columbus is celebrating its 30th year of being designated as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation by planting trees on Friday, April 28 at 2:00 pm at Sunset Park. The public is invited.

Twenty-five trees were purchased with funds donated by ADM Cares which gave $2,500.00, and Fantastic 4-Hers which donated $1,644.00.

ADM Cares committee member Heidi Oswald, Ethanol & Water Systems Engineer, said, “I love using outdoor trails in Columbus. The trees will eventually make shade over the trail around Lake Esther and benefit all the walkers and bikers who use the trail.” She said, “ADM Cares is always interested in making our community better.”

ADM Cares is a social investment program that strives to make a positive difference in the communities where our 33,000 colleagues live and work. Through targeted grants to organizations that help advance the social, economic, educational, environmental and agricultural interests of cities and towns across the U.S and around the world, ADM Cares is serving vital needs in our communities, every day, in many ways.

Fantastic 4-H’ers hold an annual Family Bike Ride – the Jenny Overhue Memorial Tour de Platte around Lake North on Memorial Day. Funds have gone to Columbus Area Recreational Trails. 4-H Leader, Dr. Nila Novotny said, “Our fund-raising event is always fun for the entire family and it encourages health and fitness in the community. We are scheduling again on Monday, May 29. Register at the Extension office or online at”

The Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA.
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