Fairfield Tree Warden Ken Placko and First Selectman Kenneth Flatto will observe Arbor Day with students and teachers Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in front of Roger Sherman Elementary School and at 2:30 p.m. before Riverfield Elementary School.

Flatto will issue proclamations declaring Arbor Day in Fairfield and new trees will be planted at each school.

Connecticut Department of Environment's Urban Forester Chris Donnelly will present the town with an award recognizing Fairfield as a "Tree City USA" for the 23rd year.

The Tree City USA program, which is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides aid and recognition for urban and community forestry programs throughout the United States.

"Fairfield prides itself on being recognized as Tree City USA because we care deeply about our environment, quality of life and community character," Flatto said. "It is a testament to the tremendous efforts by our residents, volunteer committees and our tree warden that Fairfield is proudly celebrating our 23rd anniversary as a tree city."