POSTED: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 6:08pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 6:11pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — The Tyler Reforestation Encouraging Ecological Stability Committee will host an Arbor Day celebration at Orr Elementary Friday morning.
The program will include a visit from “Sam Sapling,” members of the TREES committee and a program by the students of Orr Elementary.
The program will be followed by a planting demonstration conducted by Texas A&M Forest Service’s Urban Forester Daniel Duncum and City Arborist Luke Porter.
When: Feb. 8, 2013 at 9 a.m.
Where: Pine Haven Rd, Tyler, TX
The TREES Committee was established in 1989 and has planted hundreds of trees in Tyler’s parks and schools with the help of community volunteers.
Each year the committee hosts an Arbor Day Celebration to teach the community about the benefits trees provide.
“Trees reduce erosion, produce oxygen, clean the air and provide habitats for wildlife,” said Wheeler.
“Trees also beautify our community which promotes tourism, attracts new residents and improves the quality of life for all Tylerites.”
The trees planted at this Arbor Day celebration will also count toward the Mayor’s Tree Initiative which challenges the community to plant 5,000 trees in five years.
Residents can register any tree they plant at www.TreeTyler.com 
Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.
Started in 1872 by Nebraska newspaper editor J. Sterling Morton, Arbor Day was first celebrated in Texas in 1890.
For more information about Arbor Day, visit www.arborday.org. 
For more information on the TREES Committee, call (903) 531-1370 or go to www.TreeTyler.com .