Auburn, Ala. - Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. has proclaimed Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 "Arbor Day" in the City of Auburn in recognition of the City of Auburn Tree Commission's annual Arbor Day Celebration. Members of the Tree Commission will distribute free tree seedlings to citizens from 9 a.m. - noon, or while supplies last, at Kroger on Dean Rd, the Harris Center at 425 Perry St, and Publix at Moore's Mill. Planting instructions will be included with the seedlings. Arbor Day in Alabama is celebrated in February because winter, a time when many trees are dormant, is the best time of year to plant most trees. Citizens of all ages are invited to be a part of the continued greening of Auburn by planting trees.
The Auburn Tree Commission is a citizen group appointed by the Auburn City Council. The Commission advises the City on proper tree care and planting and is committed to the growth and preservation of the urban tree canopy. The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the City of Auburn as a Tree City USA for the last 30 years. The program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service, acknowledges the City's commitment to the four standards necessary to maintain Tree City USA status: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance.
Pictured below, (standing, L-R) City of Auburn Superintendent of Beautification and Urban Forestry James Jennings and Auburn Tree Commission members Steve Eden and Chuck Furlow look on as Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. (seated) signs the Arbor Day proclamation.
For more information, please visit www.auburnalabama.org/parks or contact Auburn Parks and Recreation at 501-2930.