Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Mayor Paul Loomis (left) helps plant a tree at the soccer complex in Blackfoot on Friday.
Boy Scout Matthew Blight of Troop 207 has worked the past two or three months in preparation for Arbor Day. Planting a dozen trees on the south end of the soccer field completed the project requirement for his Eagle Scout award.
Blight, his family, fellow scouts, 35 students from the Blackfoot Community Center, the Blackfoot Parks and Recreation crew and Mayor Paul Loomis helped to plant trees on Friday.
"It has been over 135 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day," said Blight. "His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever.
"Today Arbor Day is celebrated by planting a tree or doing work in your backyard," he said. "Started in Nebraska, today more than one million trees have been planted across the country and around the world."
Arbor Day was celebrated this year on Friday.
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