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The City of Longview on Wednesday will plant two Bur oak trees at Lake Sacajawea in celebration of Arbor Day and the city's 35th consecutive year as a Tree City USA.

The public is invited to join the ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Martin Dock and Kessler Boulevard. 

The Cowlitz PUD donated the two trees in hopes that they will "grow to provide shade to the play structures for many years to come," according to a press release.

To qualify as a Tree City USA, Longview must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program that spends at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Trees provide vital benefits to the city by removing dust and other particles from the air, moderating the climate, conserving water, providing wildlife habitat, reducing the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings, reducing energy use and increasing property values.

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