An Arbor Day tree-planting celebration will be held later this week at a Casper-area Interstate 25 interchange near the city's east side.

Keep Casper Beautiful spokesperson Beth Andress says the city will partner with area high school students and the Wyoming State Forestry Division for the event Thursday morning at the northbound Curtis Street interchange.

“Natrona County High School’s honors society is going to be helping with the tree planting,” Andress said. “They’re going to be helped by the city of Casper’s parks division and several arborists.”

Andress says, long term, the new trees should help make Casper more appealing to visitors.

“We want the public, when they come to Casper, to have positive view of our town, and those interchanges are kind of a nice way to beautify the area,” Andress said. “Trees also take up carbon dioxide, so it’s nice to have them near roads.”

The event will start at 9 a.m. at the northbound Curtis Street interchange. It will include a reading of the Arbor Day proclamation. Casper mayor Paul Meyer will also accept an award on behalf of the city from the state forestry division.

Andress says parking for the event will be available at HQ Southern BBQ, 70 Curtis St.