Local scouts plant trees for 'Tree City USA'

ESCANABA — A group that’s all about giving back to other people did it again this morning. Local boy scouts and cub scouts partnered with the City of Escanaba to plant trees in Ludington Park. The city is part of ‘Tree City USA.’

“The scouting community has been great every year,” said Escanaba City Engineer Bill Farrell. “For at least the past 11 years that I’ve been doing it, we get a group of scouts with our Department of Public Works folks, and we plant a couple of trees. They really seem to dig in to the dirt, which learning how to plant a tree and what a tree needs when it first goes in the ground is a good thing, something they can maybe take with them through the rest of their lives.”

In order to qualify for that program, a city must spend two dollars per capita on its tree maintenance program, have a tree ordinance and celebrate Arbor Day.

Every year on the last Friday of April, city officials and local scouts get together to improve a park that is such a big part of Delta County.

Around a dozen adults and kids participated in today’s Arbor Day celebration.