CHEYENNE — A special tree will be planted Monday in memory of former State Treasurer Joe Meyer during a public observance of Wyoming’s 125th State Arbor Day.
The ceremony and planting will take place at 11 a.m. on the south lawn of the Wyoming Capitol.
Meyer died of cancer in October at age 71, about midway through his second term as state treasurer. He also had served as secretary of state for two terms and as attorney general during the administration of Gov. Mike Sullivan.
This year’s Arbor Day event will be a joint celebration with the city of Cheyenne, according to a media release from the State Office of State Lands and Investments.
Representatives from several organizations, state and local natural resource agencies, schools and the general public will attend.
All of those in attendance will receive seedling trees.
Coinciding with the anniversary celebration is a poster contest for Cheyenne fourth- and fifth-grade and homeschooled students.
The theme is “We Need Trees.”
After the Territorial Legislature passed the Arbor Day law in 1888, Gov. Thomas Moonlight issued a proclamation designating it on April 27.
“I request that it be observed throughout the territory by the planting of trees, shrubs, and vines; by the beautifying of homes, highways, public grounds, church yards and other public and private places,” Moonlight wrote, according to an online report by Phil Roberts, University of Wyoming history professor.