EVART -- The Evart city council is holding an Arbor Day poetry contest open to all citizens of Evart.

Evart executive assistant and communications coordinator Melissa Rohen said in a video on the city's website that the city council is encouraging everyone to write a poem about trees in honor of Arbor Day.

"Given the current restrictions we have in place in terms of the social distancing and the stay at home orders, we really can't get together as we normally would have in the past to plant a tree, do a lecture or walk on the trails to celebrate our local trees," Rohen said. "We are called 'Tree City USA,' but since we can't get together, we are encouraging everyone to write a poem about our trees."

The contest is open to everyone. The poems will be judged on their creativity, uniqueness and theme, and will be separated into categories based on age: 5 to 6 years old, 7 to 9 years old, 10 to 13 years old, 14 to 17 years old and 18 years old and up.

The poems should be 14 lines or less, and only one entry per person will be accepted.

The deadline for submission is April 24. Poems can be submitted to bit.ly/3asGhow, or by using the scanning code on the city's website at evart.org.

Winners will be chosen form each category, and the winning poems will be published in the city's 'Talk of The Town' publication, on the city's website and on all of the city's social media platforms.

"We encourage you to write a poem to celebrate the trees in our town," Rohen said.

In addition, the city council is asking anyone who has pictures of local trees that "show the beauty of our trees," to submit them on the city's website.