Seeds planted for coming tree commission projects
The Cedartown Tree Commission is planning to keep the city green for years to come with more plantings on the horizon in the fall.
During the tree commission’s June meeting, members discussed upcoming projects including the replacement of some trees in Peek Park, and the addition of rare and endangered trees to the area as well.
The commission approved a motion by Commissioner Beam Sutton for the purchase of three trees to replace damaged or dead trees in the area parks.
She noted the trees won’t be planted until the fall, when the time of year is right for saplings to take root in the ground.
“We’ll be placing them in front of the stone monument at Peek Park where we have already lost some,” she said.
Marilyn Bunn, chair of the commission, said she’s also had two more orders for Living Memorial trees to be planted during the fall.
The program, launched in 2014, allows residents to purchase a tree to be placed in one of Cedartown’s four parks. There are five types of trees available for the memorial program.
They i nclude Dogwood, Magnolia, Grancy Greybeard, Chalk Maple and South Red Oak. All are species that are commonly found in the Southeastern United States.
The memorial trees may be planted in the
ing with state officials and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to secure at least four of the Torreya taxifolia trees to plant in the area.
Commonly known as the Florida torreya, gopher wood, stinking yew, or stinking cedar, Grant said the trees are so rare and endangered that scientists are trying to plant them in various locations – including Northeast Georgia and around the Asheville, N.C. area – to force migration on the tree and help propogate the species in different areas.
“During the last ice age, all these tree species got pushed south, and this particular one never moved back north,” Grant said. “So the idea is to plant and move them to as many different areas they can grow as possible.”
The tree is one of the first federally recognized plants on the endangered species list, having been included since 1984.
Commissioners agreed that Grant should move forward with the project and see how many trees officials Bert Wood Youth and Athletic Sports Complex, and Peek, Turner Street and Goodyear parks. Trees will not be planted in Big Spring Park until planned renovations on the space are completed.
Bunn said she will have more information about the memorial plantings later in year.
The commission also plans to place a sapling to honor the Ayers-Beck Community Foundation and the W.D. Trippe Foundation for their continued support of the commission over the years.
The Ayers- Beck Community Foundation gave the organization $500 as part of their yearly contribution toward keeping Cedartown green; a matching donation is expected from the Trippe Foundation.
Commissioner Billy Grant reported on work being done to get a set of saplings for an endangered tree species that has been around in the Appalachicola River basin in Florida since before the last ice age.
Grant said he’s work-
Seeds planted for coming tree commission projects would like to plant in the Cedartown area.
Grant said state officials would first have to visit the area to ensure that the tree would grow well in Cedartown soil, but he said he didn’t expect there to be any problems since Grant has his own Florida Torreya growing at his home.
“It would be really nice to have some of those growing here,” Grant said.
Commissioners discussed the progress of the organization’s partnership with Eco Cell to collect and recycle old cell phones and other electronic components, such as circuit boards.
Eco Cell recycles the items for their precious metals and will return 50 cents to $1 per phone to the commission. Funds raised are marked for more tree plantings.
Phones, circuit boards, and other electronics can be deposited in one of the bins currently available at three Cedartown locations: City Hall, Pirkle’s Deli and the Cedartown Welcome Center.
Grant points out recycling the phones will provide funds to plant more trees, but it will also keep cell phones out of landfills.
“They call it urban mining, and there’s a whole lot of precious metals we could be recycling going into the trash every year,” Grant said.
Bunn said she would explore putting the drop boxes and schools and getting students involved in the collection drive.
The tree commission is set to meet again on Sept. 10 at city hall to prepare for seasonal plantings and fall events. A session with a master gardener is tentatively planned for the month of October.
For those interested in the Living Memorial program, donating recycled circuit boards and cell phones, or who just want to know what they can do to keep Cedartown green, contact members through the City of Cedartown.
They can also call Tree Commission Chair Marilyn Bunn at 678-9012802 or Tree Commission members Billy Grant, 770-748-2307, or Beam Sutton, 770-748-6785.
Adonis Burrus was also given a DVD player by the Davitte Lodge’s Randy Rayburn.