The city of Galveston recently issued its annual Arbor Day Proclamation, declaring Nov. 13 as Arbor Day in Galveston. In addition to the Galveston Tree Committee applying for Tree City USA status from the Arbor Day Foundation, the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy invites you to celebrate completion of the historic restoration of Broadway’s esplanades.

We’re hosting our annual Arbor Day Galveston luncheon and silent auction from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13. This special fundraiser will be held under the trees in the conservatory at The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st St.

Arbor Day Galveston will include lunch, libations, live entertainment and a silent auction, along with presentation of the Deep Roots Award to Robert Lynch of the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund and to five others who have generously assisted with the Broadway Project: City of Galveston, Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees, Texas A&M Forest Service, Claire Reiswerg, board member, Galveston Hotel and Lodging Association and Environmental Design Inc.

Our keynote speaker is David Marks, Central U.S. Vice President of world-renowned EDI speaking about one of EDI’s most famous projects: the relocation and replanting of trees at the new 9/11 Memorial and Museum at ground zero in New York City. For over 100 years, this distinguished company has participated in the development of some of the most distinctive landscapes throughout the world by providing the highest quality tree transplanting and specimen tree supply services.

Since the devastation of Hurricane Ike in 2008, the tree conservancy has planted over 15,500 trees throughout Galveston, with 245 live oaks and 65 palms planted just on Broadway — the island’s major thoroughfare and gateway.

Our most important goal is to educate the community about the importance of trees and to emphasize why tree canopy is so vital to our lives.

Celebrate Arbor Day is open to the public, with reservations at $80 per person (includes admission to the museum that day before the event). We expect this event to sell out, so make your reservations by the end of the day on Nov. 7. Museum tours will be available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., immediately preceding the event. For more information about how to sponsor, place program ads, donate to the silent auction and to make reservations, contact me at treesforgalveston@gmail.com or 409-599-6357. You can also visit www.galvestonislandtreeconservancy.com.

Priscilla Files is executive director and the senior arborist of the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy.

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