A continuing priority of the Bel Aire Tree Board is our Survivor Tree Project. The Survivor Tree is an American elm tree growing near the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. This tree survived the bombing of that building on April 19, 1995. Almost given up for dead, the tree was nursed back to health and is now a symbol of hope and resilience after tragedy. For a number of years, Tree Board members have obtained saplings grown from the seeds of this tree and have given them to various peoples and organizations.
Order of Survivor Tree Planting
City Hall - Bel Aire, KS
Botanica - Wichita, KS
Veterans Hospital - Wichita, KS
Wichita State University - Wichita, KS
Randy Jackson - Bel Aire, KS
The McCallums - Bel Aire, KS
Long Island, NY
Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center - Joplin, MO
Nathanael Greene Park - Springfield, MO (In Memory of "K9 Ditto," a search and rescue dog during the Murrah Building bombing)
Sedgwick County Extension Arboretum - Wichita, KS
Bartlett Arboretum - Belle Plaine, KS
Dyck Arboretum - Hesston, KS
Survivor Tree Dedications
The Bel Aire Tree Board dedicated a Survivor Tree in honor of Sedgwick County Fire Station #37 on Arbor Day 2016.