On Saturday, April 21, volunteers will spread across Paris and into Monroe County planting trees as Paris is attempting to earn the designation of “Tree City USA” from the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Tree City USA organizers in Paris are seeking suggestions and requests for new tree plantings to be conducted in association with National Arbor Day.

On Saturday, April 21, volunteers will spread across Paris and into Monroe County planting trees as Paris is attempting to earn the designation of “Tree City USA” from the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The Paris Tree City project is spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Paris and the City of Paris, along with sponsors the Paris Chamber of Commerce, the Paris Senior Center and the Paris High School Rotaract Club.

“This is a great community project to improve the quality of life in Paris,” said Dr. Aaron Vitt, president of the Paris Rotary Club. “There is no cost to the residents asking for trees.”

Residents requesting trees can contact Vitt at 660-327-4112 or email avitt@paris.k12.mo.us, or call Forrest Gossett at 660-327-2019 or email to saltriverjournal@gmail.com.

In September, Vitt, the superintendent of Paris Schools, appeared before the Paris Board of Aldermen to seek support for the Tree City USA application process. The Board approved and in December, the first tree was planted on the grounds of Paris High School.

More 3,400 cities have earned Tree City USA designation, which entails an application, a commitment to protect trees and an agreement to plant trees, as well as appointing a Tree Board for the city. Cities must agree to maintain existing trees and plant new ones to qualify.

Vitt, who is the 2017-2018 president of the Paris Rotary Club, said the Tree City idea was spawned by a challenge from Rotary District Governor Rose Cooper for each Rotary Club in northeast and eastern Missouri to plant at least one tree for each Rotary member.