Celebrating trees in Tucson on Earth Day

Published: Apr. 22, 2014 at 11:07 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:14 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Arbor Day is still a few days away, but today is Earth Day and what better day for Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild to celebrate his 10,000 tree campaign.

There are now thousands more trees in Tucson as the city works to reach its 10,000 tree goal.

Today, the University of Arizona is celebrating those who help conserve trees on campus and around the city.

Mayor Rothschild's tree campaign is all about smart investment for the city. According to the campaign's website, trees increase the value of homes and make neighborhoods nicer to live in.  But they are also an investment in infrastructure that literally grows over time.

Right now organizers are getting ready for Arbor Day celebrations that begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

While Arbor Day is actually Friday, April 25, organizers say what better day to celebrate trees and everything they do for people than on Earth Day.

The U of A is actually home to more than 500 species of trees; it is the oldest continually maintained public green space in all of Arizona.

The celebrations will be happening today next to the Psychology building at 8:30 a.m.  For those interested they can even get a tree for a few dollars if they have a Tucson Electric Power statement, go online to

To learn about the 10,000 Trees Campaign go online to

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