To celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day this spring, Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas planted a tree at Lake Tye Park with local elementary students. Two new programs were also announced as part of Monroe’s efforts to eventually become a Tree City USA like its neighbors Duvall and Woodinville. This September, the Monroe Parks Department is launching a contest to find and recognize Monroe’s biggest and most interesting trees. The Heritage Tree Program encourages residents of all ages to seek out significant trees within the City limits and nominate them for recognition. The City is also launching a Christmas Tree replanting program this year.