Arbor Day is celebrated each year to remind us of the vital role trees play in the environment, the ecosystem, conservation, and to all living creatures and humans on this planet. Arbor Day stresses the significance of preserving existing trees, of replacing diseased, rotted, and dead trees, and of planting new trees.

The multitude and variety of the trees and shrubs at the Charles Baber Cemetery are a unique feature that sets it apart from many other cemeteries in the county. The cemetery was opened for burials over 150 years ago on partially forested land. Many of these trees are now in the decline of their life with trunk and branch damage, rot, or disease. It was through the concern for the damaged and dead trees along Market Street that a tree replacement program was created in 1999 to remove dead, diseased, and rotted trees each year on the cemetery property and replace them with newly planted trees.

The trees that are seen along Market Street, at the 16th Street entrance and fence line, and throughout the grounds of the cemetery are absolutely magnificent. The cemetery acreage contains a wide variety of trees and shrubs with an unusually large concentration of Red Maples. In fact, it may contain the largest concentration of Red Maple than any other equal size land mass in the state. Some trees change with the seasons as their barren limbs shed the white cloak of winter and they take on the colorful and budding blossoms of spring, and then the deep and varied greens (and cool shade) of summer, and close their cycle in brilliant golds, reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn. And of course, we have the stately evergreens standing guard in the northeastern part of the cemetery and also interspersed throughout the grounds.

These trees can be viewed anytime by walking, jogging, or driving through the cemetery or along Market Street or Sixteenth Street. To share the beauty of the showy display of the trees and of the attention given to the Arbor Day tree replacement program, a description and picture of each type of tree found on the property is presented on this website. Also each tree is plotted on a map of the property which is divided into four sections of east, mid, west, and north.

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