City of Topeka to celebrate Arbor Day with annual planting of tree at Statehouse

In recognition of Arbor Day, staff from the City of Topeka’s Forestry Division, will plant a tree at the statehouse grounds on Friday, April 28.

Arbor Day is a holiday that celebrates the planting, upkeep, and preservation of trees, and is recognized annually on the last Friday in April.

On Friday at around 10 a.m., city staff, will plant an Oregon Trail Sugar Maple tree on the east side of the capitol.
“We’re honored to carry on the Arbor Day tradition of planting a tree on the capitol grounds, followed by a proclamation signing,” said Travis Tenbrink, Forester at the City of Topeka. “We hope that by celebrating Arbor Day, we’ll inspire a few people to get out there and plant a tree of their own.”
After the tree planting, Governor Laura Kelly will sign a proclamation designating Friday, April 28 as Kansas Arbor Day. The Governor will be joined by city staff, Kansas Arborist Association board members and representatives from the Kansas Forest Service. Attendees will also be joined by the Kansas Arbor Day Poster Contest winner, Alayna Wurdeman. Wurdeman is a 5th grade student from Osage City.

Additionally, the City of Topeka is celebrating its 37th year as a Tree City USA member. The membership demonstrates the city’s commitment to urban forestry, and recognizing the important role trees play in our community.