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Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-2541
WEST BRANCH, IOWA- Homeowners or anyone interested in learning about planting trees can join arborist Ed Rinderspacher and the staff of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site for an Arbor Day presentation on Friday, April 26. Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. The program is free and begins at 1:00 p.m. at the visitor center. It will last about one hour and may involve about a half-mile of walking to different areas of the park. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. In the case of inclement weather, please call (319) 643-2541 before attending.
Ed Rinderspacher is the owner and operator of Rindy Tree and Turf Care, Inc. and a West Branch, Iowa arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Mr. Rinderspacher will provide a one-hour demonstration as he plants two oak trees-- one packed in ball-and-burlap and one container-grown tree-- that he donated to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The new trees will replace dead trees that park staff cut down. Mr. Rinderspacher will also discuss how to find and buy a healthy tree, and about pruning the tree and its roots.
"There are about a thousand trees in this 187-acre national park commemorating Herbert Hoover's life," said Pete Swisher, superintendent of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. "We hope our visitors can see examples of best practices as we pursue excellence in groundskeeping and horticulture. "
April 20 through 28 is National Park Week, the annual week for celebration and recognition of your National Parks. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space. For more information go online at www.nps.gov/heho or call (319) 643-2541.