Plant a tree — Celebrate Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages citizens to plant trees and care for existing ones.

Locals have two opportunities to participate in the effort and help create a healthier local, national and global environment.

Each state has designated a date for Arbor Day and Florida recognizes the occasion on the third Friday in Jan.

Officials with the Florida Division of Forestry, in conjunction with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Three Rivers RC&D, and Blackwater Soil and Water Conservation District, announce a tree seedling giveaway in Santa Rosa County on Thursday, Jan. 15, in celebration of Arbor Day.

The event will be held at the Big Kmart parking lot, located at 6050 Hwy. 90, from 9 a.m. until all seedlings are distributed.

According to Daniel Wesley, Santa Rosa County Forester, "The giveaway will be on a first come, firstserved basis, and there is a limit of 4 pre-bagged trees per person/ family. Seedlings which may be given away include: Flowering Dogwood, Southern Crabapple, Live Oak, American Plum, and Redbud."

The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department has also organized an Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, Jan. 16.

Department employees will lead volunteers interested in planting trees in various parks around the city.

Florida Division of Forestry Tree Give-away

WHAT: Arbor Day Tree Seedling

Giveaway WHEN: hursday, January 15

9 a.m.

(until seedlings are gone!)

WHERE: Big Kmart Parking Lot,

Llocated at 6050 Hwy. 90 COST: Free