Mayor Wes Mainord’s latest proclamation is all bark.

Mayor Wes Mainord’s latest proclamation is all bark.

The Shawnee mayor has declared March 22-28 as Arbor Week, a movement to encourage maintenance and replenishment of area trees.

Mainord highlighted a range of benefits, stating trees have the ability to reduce heating and cooling costs, provide habitat for wildlife, produce wood products and beautify communities.

Efforts within Shawnee have long been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation, which named the city a Tree City U.S.A Community.

“This is the 12th year Shawnee has received this national recognition,” Mainord noted.

The city plans to observe the green week with a gesture of commitment.

“In honor of Arbor Week, the Shawnee Beatification and Enhancement Committee will be planting a tree at KidSpace Park on March 19 at 4 p.m.,” Mainord detailed. “They would like to invite everyone to attend.”

Environmental care will extend into next month with Trash Off Day. City Director of Operations James Bryce expressed the April 18 event is open to all community members interested in volunteering.

“[Oklahoma Baptist University] called me and said that they have several people that want to come out and help,” he detailed of a group commitment. “That’s the day that they have designated to do their community service.”

Bryce described the annual clean-up process.

“This is a time that we all meet at one spot and we hand out bags, we hand out vests, we sign everybody up and then assign them to a roadside or an area that needs to be cleaned up within the city limits,” he said.

Mainord reflected on his previous Trash Off Day experiences.

“You will not believe what people throw out their cars,” he said, citing dirty diapers as an example.

Mainord encouraged the community to participate.

“It really is good to get out and get involved in that,” he said.