The Arbor Day celebration in Ely was one of the largest plantings the Ely Tree Board has sponsored in several years. A total of 21 trees were planted by 46 volunteers at three locations.
The largest planting was at the new Ely Aquatic Center with 12 trees planted along the Bypass and the east side property boundary. The Ely Girl Scouts showed up in force with 18 scouts and family members. City Councilman Bruce Setterstrom and his family were also on hand along with several other members of the community and the tree board. The 4-H turned out at the fairgrounds with 15 members and family along with ag board and tree board to plant 6 trees along the fence near the 4-H area.
The final planting was at the White Pine Golf Course where five volunteers planted three trees.
Midway Gold and Robinson Mining each donated a tree along with City Councilman Dale Derbidge, who assisted in planting along with Amanda Hilton from Robinson Mining.
Ely was fortunate this year when the Ely Tree Board was the only entity to apply for an Arbor Day grant from the Nevada Shade Tree Council and so got all the available state-wide funds, $1,500, to go along with the Christmas trees donated from last years' Festival of Trees.