On Monday, May 20, 1 p.m., rain or shine, Camden will hold its 25th annual Arbor Day observance at the historic Camden Amphitheater on Atlantic Avenue behind the Camden Public Library. This year, the Camden Public Library will also host Maine’s Tree City Celebration. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry’s Maine Forest Service, will present the 2019 Frank Knight Excellence in Community Forestry Award. Attendees will be invited to help plant a tree in the Amphitheatre in honor of Earth Day. Governor Mills has been invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. If the weather is rainy, the reception will be held inside the library.
Recieving awards will be representatives from twenty Maine municipalities (their years as a Tree City USA member in parenthesis); Farmington, Kennebunkport, and Westbrook (42), Yarmouth (40), Portland and South Portland (39), Augusta (25), Camden (24), Orono (23), Bath (22), Waterville (21), Hallowell (17), Auburn and Lewiston (16), Bangor (14), Castine (10), Saco (9), Dover-Foxcroft (7), Veazie (6), and Brunswick (2).
The Camden-based arboriculture company Treekeepers LLC is donating a Paper Birch.
Camden residents and arborists Douglas N. Johnson and Nancy Caulde-Johnson founded Treekeepers LLC in 1994, and 2019 marks the company’s 26th year of preserving and protecting Maine’s trees, including at the Camden Library parks.
The Amphitheater, designed by noted landscape architect Fletcher Steele, is a National Historic Landmark, and only trees on Steele’s original plan may be planted in the historic space.
Adjacent Harbor Park and the Camden Library grounds were designed by the Olmsted Brothers. The spaces were donated to the community by Camden’s benefactor Mary Louise Curtis Bok.
Entry signs on Route 1 north and south proclaim Camden as a Tree City USA and during Arbor Week, the Tree City USA flag flies over the town offices.
To qualify for the Arbor Day Foundation designation, a municipality must have a tree ordinance, tree board, expend at least two dollars per capita on its tree program, and proclaim and celebrate an official Arbor Day. The Camden Conservation Commission serves as Camden’s tree board.