At a ceremony held in downtown Ronceverte on Apr. 21, Ronceverte held its annual Arbor Day Celebration with the planting of a White Crab Tree provided by the West Virginia Division of Forestry. This marks the 14th year that Ronceverte has participated in the Division of Forestry’s Arbor Day program. During the Apr. 6 meeting of City Council, Mayor David Smith signed a proclamation declaring Apr. 21 as the Annual Arbor Day in Ronceverte.
“We greatly appreciate the support provided by the Division of Forestry over the years with educational programs, grant support, and donations of trees for our community,” says Smith. “This program has made a difference in our parks and downtown and throughout the community by improving the environment and the streetscapes of Ronceverte.”
Doug Hylton, president of the Ronceverte Tree Board, added to Smith’s comments saying “Without the help and support of the Division of Forestry, we would not have a program that promotes our efforts to redevelop our community and improve our parks and greenspaces. The past fourteen years have passed quickly but the accomplishments of our program continues to make Ronceverte a pleasant place to live and recreate.”
This year the program seeks to add new trees and plants at the Ronceverte Island Park, to landscape the entrances into Ronceverte with new signage being prepared for construction, and additional educational programs for city employees and citizens that will continue to improve the streets and avenues of the town.