The 63rd annual Arbor Day Celebration, promoting the value of trees to residents, will take place Friday at OJ Watson Park in south Wichita.
City Arborist Gary Farris says trees are a great way to promote air quality and help the environment. According to Farris, tree planting by the city varies each year depending on funding.
“We've planted as few as a couple of hundred, and we’ve planted this year, just over 1700,” he says.
Farris says the City of Wichita lost thousands of trees in the droughts of 2011, 2012 and 2013.