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Arbor Day in Fort Benton

Arbor Day in Fort Benton

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FORT BENTON - Thursday was Arbor Day and the residents of Fort Benton were out to celebrate with our Governor. While Arbor Day may not be as popular as other holidays, today in Fort Benton they celebrated our friends the trees.

Trees are in your every day life, you see them and not even give them a second look. Ever stop to think how important plants and trees are to us?

"Trees are important because they can help us breath," says Maci Molinario.

"I think mostly that they provide oxygen," says Abby Clark.

"Because, animals and plants actually work together and stuff," says Danae Gessaman.

This year Fort Benton has received recognition for it's work on maintaining the plant life with the first ever Tree City of The Year Award, an award that Governor Steve Bullock says is a testament to the towns hard work.

"Why we live in a place like Montana is because of the opportunity to not only enjoy the great outdoors, but to enjoy good quality communities. And you look at what they have done here in Fort Benton, it's significant and it matters to the whole state," explains Governor Steve Bullock.

The holiday got its American start in Nebraska City, Nebraska in 1872, by 1883 it had gone world wide with the message of remembering the smallest to the tallest of trees for the impact that they have on our daily lives.

"Don't take care of our trees then we might end up dying out and it won't be that good," says Clark.

Arbor Day is a day we respect and remember the trees in our own back yard.

"It's important because it shows our respect for the trees and thank them for helping us," says student Aspen Giese.
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