ASTANA -- US diplomats attended a tree planting ceremony in Astana on Thursday (May 3) in support of a campaign to make the city greener, Kazinform reported.
US Ambassador to Kazakhstan George Krol said that he supports the effort to create a greenbelt around the Kazakhstani capital, adding the US Embassy in Astana has planted 400 trees on its property during the past three years
Those trees include pines and birches, as well as one oak brought all the way from North Dakota, he said.
Krol highlighted a donation of 30 oak trees to Astana by a US congressman last summer during the EXPO-2017 world's fair. Some of the saplings were planted at a new botanical garden in Astana, he said.
The recent appointment of a US Department of Agriculture employee to embassy staff came from agreements between the United States and Kazakhstan to step up their relations, especially in agriculture, according to Krol.