Exeter celebrates Arbor Day

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Area residents celebrated Arbor Day on Saturday and planted a purpleleaf sand cherry tree in the city park in Exeter recently, as the city has been part of the Tree City USA program for 19 years. Front row, from left: Jon Skinner, community forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation; Rusty Reed, Exeter mayor; Sherry Johnson, president of the Exeter Tree Board; Sheila Rainey, vice president of the Tree Board; Kelly Asbury, secretary of the Tree Board; and Susan Sorensen, of the Tree Board. Back row: Kirk Wynns, municipal arborist for Exeter, and Jennifer Taylor, of Buffalo and Wynns' daughter. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

City plants purpleleaf sand cherry tree

Exeter, which has been part of the Tree City USA program for 19 years, celebrated Arbor Day Saturday after the city planted a purpleleaf sand cherry tree in the local park.

In 1996, Kirk Wynns, municipal arborist for Exeter, said the city planted 37 trees when it celebrated Arbor Day.

Jennifer Taylor, Wynn's daughter from Buffalo and Exeter High School graduate of 1996, said she was one of several volunteers who planted the 37 trees.

On Saturday, Wynns; Taylor; Rusty Reed, Exeter mayor; Sherry Johnson, president of the Exeter Tree Board; Sheila Rainey, vice president of the Tree Board; Kelly Asbury, secretary of the Tree Board; Susan Sorensen, of the Tree Board; and Jon Skinner, community forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation, attended the Arbor Day event.

"Exeter is one of 86 [Tree City USA communities] in Missouri for 2015," Skinner said.

The country has more than 3,400 Tree City USA communities.

For more information, people may visit arborday.org.

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