By Staff Sgt. Amanda Delisle
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Airmen, civilians and children dressed in bright “be green” T-shirts gathered to recognize the base’s commitment to the environment, plant a green ash tree and receive “green” giveaways during a joint ceremony for Earth and Arbor Days April 21 at the Child Development Center.
The base was also presented with an 11th consecutive Annual Tree City USA Award by Andy Schlosberg, Colorado assistant district forester, during the event.
Jana Raczkowski, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Flight, opened the ceremony by reading the Arbor Day Proclamation stating, in 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees. The first observance was celebrated with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska.
Mr. Schlosberg echoed the importance of planting trees by reading a poem from Henry Abbey entitled, “What do we plant?” He also talked about the significance of planting trees to help make a better community and a better future. Afterwards, he awarded a plaque to Schriever, naming it as a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation that recognizes the base’s commitment to community forestry.
As a continued act of dedication to the environment, Col. Edward Baron, 50th Mission Support Group commander, invited the children to join him in planting an ash tree in front of the CDC.
Most of the trees on Schriever weren’t always here, Colonel Baron said. Many were planted in just the last 20 years. He also said that planting trees help to conserve water and reduce heat.
“It’s wonderful everyone could come out and celebrate Arbor Day with us,” Colonel Baron said, pointing out that Schriever will have many more Arbor and Earth Day celebrations in the years to come.