Rick Roberts, Chair of the Yelm Tree Advisory Board penned this beauftuful Letter to the Editor of the Nisqually Valley News on Valentine’s Day:
“Yelm is now a 15-year-old tree city USA. The urban forestry program is made more successful by people who come forward and support the program through their generous contributions.
People like you, by honoring the ones you love, will plant a tree in Yelm on their behalf. What a beautiful Valentines Day present to them and Yelm.
We are the pride of the Pride of the Prairie and the grace of the urban forest.
You can call City Hall at 360-458-3835 to find out how to participate in the adopt-a-tree and memorial tree program and give the gift of a living Valentine.
Martin Luther once said, Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to piece, I should still plant my apple tree! This year, Arbor Day will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 29 at Yelm City Park. Please join us.
One of the guidelines to be a tree city USA is to have a tree board consisting of concerned volunteer citizens charged by ordinance with developing and administering a comprehensive tree management program. Yelm citizens can add fresh ideas and different perspectives so as to enhance the beauty of our city. Why? Because we are the Tornados!
We are the spirit and consciousness that can embrace this community and all of Earth. To paraphrase John Kennedy and Al Gore, In the time of inconvenient truths, it is time not to ask, what can my home/Earth do for me, but what can I do for my planet?
Bob and Kathy Wolf did that in 1996, along with John Thompson, by getting an ordinance for the protection of trees and vegetation. So join in and emulate Sterling Mortons vision, who in 1872 pioneered the first Arbor Day. We are the Evergreen State, the Pride of the Prairie, and the grace of the urban forest. We are the Tornados ready to plant and nurture one million trees.”
Reprinted here with permission of the author.