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Stevens Point hosts belated Arbor Day celebration

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -

Volunteers in Stevens Point grabbed their shovels for a belated Arbor Day celebration.

Around 20 volunteers braved the chilly weather to help plant 18 trees at McGlachlin Park.

Due to the drought in previous years, organizers focused on the types of trees that have proven to withstand Wisconsin's seasonal climate changes.

This year Stevens Point has received the title of Tree City U.S.A. for the 32nd time.

To qualify for that honor a community must have a local tree board, community forestry program, adopt a community wide tree ordinance, and host an Arbor Day celebration.

Volunteers say this year's event in Stevens Point is important to help rebuild the park.

"Years ago there was a storm that ran through this area and took down the trees and as tree city U.S.A. when we knew there was going to be a planting happening we asked how we could help," said Shannon Semmerling, an event volunteer.

The Arbor Day Association has also awarded Stevens Point with 10 individual growth awards for its dedication to the community.

Arbor Day was April 26, but due to the recent weather event organizers in Stevens Point pushed the celebration back one week.

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