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Coulee Dam Mayor Greg Wilder reads an Arbor Day proclamation to young students at the after-school SHARP Kids program in the Lake Roosevelt School cafeteria Oct. 21. Wilder and town Councilmember Gayle Swagerty participated. The proclamation was also read later that evening before the town council. - Roger S. Lucas photo

How could anyone argue about the town of Coulee Dam being a "Tree City?"

Councilmember Gayle Swagerty said this week that there are officially 680 trees in the town.

The emphasis on trees was a part of the Arbor Day celebration Oct. 21, at Lake Roosevelt school and one of the requirements needed to be named a "Tree City" for 2015.

Coulee Dam has a long history as being recognized in the Tree City program, and if selected this year the town will repeat with this recognition.

You can even see the "Tree City" flag flying at city hall.

There are four requirements to be recognized as a tree city. You have to have a tree board, a tree ordinance, the town has to budget $2 per capita for trees and the town has to make a tree proclamation.

Swagerty said with the Arbor Day Proclamation, made at the school, the town has completed all the requirements to become designated as a "Tree City."

Swagerty stated that there are 88 trees on the new school grounds and she and Mayor Greg Wilder, who read the proclamation, wanted the children to be aware of trees.

After the proclamation was read to the after-school SHARP Kids, they broke up into small groups and walked around to identify different tree groups.

The Proclamation reads, in part:

"Coulee Dam plants trees as a means of preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the town and to enrich our quality of life; trees in our town increase property values, enhance our parks and right-of-ways, and buffer traffic noise to make our community more livable; trees are environmental workers that remove carbon dioxide and provide oxygen, purify the water and the air, reduce erosion of our soils, supply shelter to wildlife, and provide shade and wind barriers that conserve energy."

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