OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437
May 2, 2011
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Governor Mead congratulates Arbor Day Poster Winner
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead congratulated Wyoming Arbor Day poster winner Fiachra Rottinghaus, a home-schooled fifth grader from Lander, during Wyoming's 123rd official state Arbor Day celebration April 25th on the lawn of the Supreme Court Building. All fifth grade students are invited to participate in the contest, which is sponsored by the Wyoming Division of Forestry and WY Project Learning Tree. Governor Mead also signed the official Arbor Day State proclamation during the ceremony and he listened to Fiachra Rottinghaus share her thoughts on the importance of trees. Here is what she said:
Hello everyone! I am honored to be here representing Wyoming fifth graders to talk about some benefits of trees.
Trees are necessary for the environment. They provide oxygen for all people and animals. They also prevent soil erosion by holding the dirt in place with their roots. Many trees produce fruits and nuts that humans eat. They are also important for the food chain since animals eat their leaves, fruit, and bark. Wood from trees can be used for many things, from constructing houses to making paper. Forests provide good habitat for animals as diverse as insects and raccoons.
Trees are also inspirations and can be spiritually soothing. As we follow the trunk of a tree with our eyes, we look up toward heaven. The diversity and beauty of trees, from a Japanese Maple to a giant Redwood, display God’s grandeur.
Trees are also symbolic to our culture in America. Massachusetts Pine Tree shillings are popular collecting coins. The Liberty Trees is a famous symbol of our nation’s struggle for freedom. Our national bird, the Bald Eagle, makes nests and watches for prey in trees.
Each generation must protect the trees and parks of our world, or they may someday be lost. The benefits of trees to our county and our world make it even more important to save them. Like the Lorax in Dr. Seuss’ book, each of us must stand up and say, “I speak for the trees!”