National Arbor Day is Friday, and a local Boy Scout Troop is planting a tree to celebrate!

The City of Battle Creek says that the event at McCamly Park will feature Galesburg's Troop #265 planting an October Glory maple tree, at the park right next to the Kool Family Community Center. It takes place at 6pm Friday, and will be attended by City Commissioner Sherry Sofia, city staff, and others.

The public is invited to attend as well.

Provided By City of Battle Creek

Battle Creek has been considered a "Tree City USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation for 18 years, by meeting certain criteria such as spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day. The city is one of 111 in Michigan.

The Battle Creek City Commission went beyond the requirements last week; on April 17, City Commissioner Chris Simmons read a proclamation declaring this week as Arbor Week, in order to encourage residents to take care of trees.