By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
For the 15th year in a row, Team Schriever received the Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation and the Colorado State Forest Service for its commitment in maintaining and improving the trees in its community.
Andy Schlosberg, CSFS representative, presented the award to Col. Jonathan Webb, 50th Mission Support Group commander, on behalf of Team Schriever during an Arbor Day celebration Tuesday at the Child Development Center.
“We are proud to receive this award. This is a testament to Team Schriever’s dedication to taking care of the environment,” said Webb. “We share the environment with the community and are committed to ensuring we are good stewards and neighbors.”
Leadership from various organizations as well as CDC staff and children attended the event. The celebration also featured tree planting.
“Planting trees is an act of kindness and optimism; the gift for our friends and neighbors and for future generations,” said Schlosberg. “The trees we plant clean the air, beautify our neighborhoods, provide homes for wildlife, conserve energy and top soil and help keep the atmosphere in balance.”
He said the celebration of Arbor Day represents a priceless opportunity for everyone.
“[This is] an opportunity for children to take positive action to make their world a better place and to learn about trees and the natural world,” he said. “An opportunity for neighbors to join together for the benefit of all, an opportunity for communities to reach across barriers of income, geography, culture and politics to work for the common good. It is an opportunity to celebrate life and the interconnectedness of all creation.”
Arbor Day originated in 1872 when J. Sterling Morton, former Secretary of Agriculture, proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees.