The Hermann Tree Commission has continued its annual observance of Arbor Day, through a proclamation signed by Mayor Bob Koerber. The traditional tree-planting ceremony was cancelled this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The city observes Arbor Day by virtue of the Tree Commission and its membership in Tree City USA. Hermann has been a member of the organization for 13 years, as of 2019.
The mayor's proclamation, signed April 24, states J. Sterling Morton proposed that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees. More than a million trees were planted in the nation for that first Arbor Day in 1872, with the observance commemorated nationally and throughout the world.
The proclamation adds trees can reduce the erosion of topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate temperatures, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife.
Trees are also valuable as a renewable resource that supplies paper, wood for homes, fuel for fires, and through other products. They also increase property values, enhance the economy, and beautify communities.