After more than three decades of planting trees at Arbor Lodge, Randy Fox and Mark Kemper were honored with trees of their own during the 2015 Arbor Day Celebration.

After more than three decades of planting trees at Arbor Lodge, Randy Fox and Mark Kemper were honored with trees of their own during the 2015 Arbor Day Celebration.  
Fox and Kemper, the longtime superintendent and assistant superintendent at Arbor Lodge in Nebraska City, were named as the 2015 Arbor Day Honorees.  
Part of that recognition included a commemorative tree planting at the park.
“When we first talked about where to plant their tree, we without a doubt wanted it right in front of the mansion,” said Rod Edwards with the Arbor Day Foundation.  “The Mortons are the mansion’s first family; Randy and Mark are thought of as the mansion’s second family.”
 The tree Fox and Kemper selected is a Black Tupelo, or Blackgum, tree.  The tree’s alligator skin-like bark and colorful, glossy leaves are its most striking features.  
Edwards said this is the first Black Tupelo tree to be planted at Arbor Lodge.
Kemper said he and Fox always worked well together during their time at Arbor Lodge.
“We remain the best of friends,” Kemper said.
Fox said he really appreciated being named the Arbor Day Honoree and gave his thanks to the crowd gathered at the tree planting.
“It’s the people like you who made it easier for us to take care of Arbor Lodge,” Fox said.