Elkins to host two Arbor Day events

National Arbor Day falls this year on Friday, April 26. The public is invited to attend two separate Arbor Day events this year organized by Elkins Tree Board and Emma Scott Garden Club.

The first event hosted by Emma Scott Garden Club will happen at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Elkins Middle School. A tree will be planted in honor Connie Lou Pingley Farlow, daughter of Rachel Pingley, who is a member of ESGC. Scouts of America and the Elkins Make It Shine Club will plant the tree in honor of Pingley Farlow.

The same day at 3 p.m. on Davis & Elkins campus, American chestnuts will be planted in honor of Joe Tekel, the late forester and Tree Board member, who passed away July 2018. The chestnuts will be planted in the meadow near the Morrison-Novakovic Center across from the Monongahela Forest Headquarters building on Sycamore Street.

Those interested in attending this event should meet at 3 p.m. at the old gymnasium parking lot on D&E campus. Elkins Tree Board will plant the trees with assistance of students from Davis & Elkins College Sustainable Studies. Samuel Adams from the Department of Urban Forestry, West Virginia Division of Forestry, will attend this event in honor of 11 years of Elkins Tree City status. Free shrubs donated to the Elkins Tree Board from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service will be available on a first come first serve basis.