Cel­e­brate Ar­bor Day

Cov­ing­ton, Ox­ford speak for the trees

The Covington News - - Newton @ Play - By Jenny Thompson

The City of Cov­ing­ton mayor and coun­cil, the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers and the City of Cov­ing­ton Tree Preser­va­tion Board will host an Ar­bor Day Cel­e­bra­tion from 11 a. m. to noon Fri­day.

The cel­e­bra­tion will be held on Clark Street at the en­trance of the park along the creek flow­ing be­hind Beth­le­hem Bap­tist Church.

Deb­bie Dial, zon­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor for Cov­ing­ton and tree board sec­re­tary, said the Ge­or­gia Forestry Com­mis­sion’s theme this Ar­bor Day is “ Con­nect­ing and Col­lab­o­rat­ing with Oth­ers.”

Tree Board Chair Loy Sum­mers and mem­ber Mar­shall Ginn will present three Tree Stew­ard Awards.

“ You have to at least meet the in­tent of the tree or­di­nance,” Dial said, “ and do some things that are, com­mu­nity- wise, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.”

This year’s in­sti­tu­tional win­ner is New­ton Fed­eral Bank whose em­ploy­ees con­served and re­planted trees on its lot.

“ They didn’t have to do that, so we felt they de­served it,” Dial said.

The in­dus­trial award this year will go to C. R. Bard for their tree con­ser­va­tion dur­ing re­mod­el­ing.

Clark’s Grove de­sign­ers will re­ceive the res­i­den­tial award this year.

“ Clark’s Grove has put in more street trees than some of the other res­i­den­tial sub­di­vi­sions in town,” Dial said, “ so we are rec­og­niz­ing them for their ef­forts to re­store the canopy cover.”

Be­fore lunch is served at The Cen­ter for Com­mu­nity Plan­ning and Preser­va­tion, Keep Cov­ing­ton/ New­ton Beau­ti­ful Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Con­nie Waller will re­place a tree planted in me­mory of long- time KCNB mem­ber Maude Grimes.

“ Over the last five years we have been plant­ing trees through our Keep Cov­ing­ton/ New­ton Beau­ti­ful Board to honor peo­ple in the com­mu­nity,” Waller said.

Grimes was a KCNB board mem­ber into her 90s. The tree orig­i­nally planted in her me­mory died for no ap­par­ent rea­son, pos­si­bly the drought ac­cord­ing to Waller, last year.

“ She was a won­der­ful mem­ber of the board and had been a friend and sup­porter for years,” Waller said. “ She truly wanted to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether to take care of our en­vi­ron­ment.”

She was also a mem­ber of Beth­le­hem Bap­tist Church, so Waller said it is poignant that the tree will be vis­i­ble from the church.

The city of Ox­ford will cel­e­brate Ar­bor Day start­ing at 10 a. m. Satur­day at the city’s new pocket park lo­cated on Ge­orge Street be­tween Wesley and As­bury Streets.

Beryl Budd, ur­ban forester with the Ge­or­gia Forestry Com­mis­sion, and Dan Bauer of Bartlett’s Tree Ser­vice will of­fer an ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram on tree prun­ing, plant­ing na­tive species and con­trol of in­va­sive plants.

At­ten­dees will also re­ceive a tree seedling.

Palmer- Stone El­e­men­tary fifth grade stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated in the Ar­bor Day poster con­test will be rec­og­nized at the cer­e­mony and re­ceive seedlings as well.

Ox­ford Mayor Jerry Rose­berry will re­ceive the an­nual Tree City USA award for the city’s 10th year in the pro­gram.

This year, the Ar­bor Day Foun­da­tion is of­fer­ing 10 East­ern red­bud trees to Ge­or­gians who join and send a $ 10 do­na­tion to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“ Red­buds will add last­ing beauty to homes across Ge­or­gia,” said John Rosenow, chief ex­ec­u­tive of ADF, in a press re­lease. “ They will also add to the proud her­itage of Ge­or­gia’s 112 Tree City USA com­mu­ni­ties.

“ Fore more than 30 years, Tree City USA has sup­ported com­mu­nity forestry across Ge­or­gia, and plant­ing th­ese lovely red­buds will add to this im­por­tant tree- plant­ing tra­di­tion.”

The 6- to 12- inch seedlings will be shipped post­paid be­tween March 1 and May 31 with plant­ing in­struc­tions, and are guar­an­teed to grow or be re­placed free of charge.

Mem­bers also re­ceive a sub­scrip­tion to the foun­da­tion’s bi­monthly pub­li­ca­tion “Ar­bor Day” as well as “ The Tree Book” with in­for­ma­tion about tree plant­ing and care.

To be­come a mem­ber and re­ceive 10 red­bud seedlings, send $ 10 to Ten Free East­ern Red­bud Trees, Ar­bor Day Foun­da­tion, 100 Ar­bor Av­enue, Ne­braska City, Neb. 68410 by Feb. 29 or visit www. ar­bor­day. com.

Spon­sors

Cov­ing­ton’s Ar­bor Day spon­sors are City of Cov­ing­ton mayor and coun­cil, New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, Cov­ing­ton Tree Preser­va­tion Board, Ge­or­gia Forestry Com­mis­sion, Trees Cov­ing­ton, Keep Cov­ing­ton/ New­ton Beau­ti­ful, Main Street Cov­ing­ton, Cov­ing­ton Ser­vice Guild and Rep. Doug Holt.

Ox­ford’s Ar­bor Day cel­e­bra­tion is spon­sored by the City of Ox­ford Trees, Parks and Re­cre­ation Board.

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