Florida’s Arbor Day is Friday, January 19th

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(WTVY) — Florida has celebrated Arbor Day since 1886 and has one of the first Arbor Day celebrations in the nation, on the third Friday in January, this year on January 19th. Over 200 communities in Florida celebrate Arbor Day, either as a stand-alone event or in conjunction with some other occasion. The Florida Forest Service, Senior Foresters will be hosting several events in our area.

Jackson County
In observance of Florida’s Arbor Day, the Florida Forest Service will be giving away 300 (1-gallon) potted trees in Marianna in Rivertown Community Church parking lot at 4534 Lafayette Street. This event will be held on Friday, January 19 and will begin at 9:00 am. Available trees will include: flowering dogwood, red maple, American holly, southern magnolia, fringetree, southern red oak and live oak.

For more information, you may contact the Florida Forest Service Jackson County Forester, Barry Stafford, at 850-482-9509 or barry.stafford@freshfromflorida.com.

Walton County
In honor of this long historical significance, the Florida Forest Service will host a tree give-a-way at the annual Chautauqua Assembly on Saturday, January 27th beginning at 8:00 a.m. Over 350, one-gallon, potted trees will be available free of charge. Species include: fringetree, red maple, southern magnolia, black walnut, tulip poplar, Shumard oak, dogwood, and common persimmon. Michael Klassen, the Walton County Sr. Forester will be there to answer questions about planting trees, tree health or other forestry related issues.

The Florida Forest Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida IFAS Extension for Walton County, would also like to invite you to the 7th annual Camp Conservation Exhibit, January 26th – 28th. The Exhibit will be held between the Chautauqua Building and Lake Defuniak with displays from healthy and un-healthy forests and the animals that interact within them. Participating agencies will be on hand to assist you with information from your yard to the forest.

In addition to these festivities, the Florida Forest Service wishes to recognize all those who selflessly served on our behalf. On Friday January 26th, a tree will be presented to the Assembly in honor of our Veterans and all that they have done for this nation.

For more details on Arbor Day or other forestry related topics in Walton County please contact Michael Klassen at (850) 401-6142 or by email at Michael.Klassen@FreshFromFlorida.com

Holmes County
In celebration of Florida’s recognized Arbor Day on Friday, January 19th, the Florida Forest Service in cooperation with the city of Bonifay and local businesses will be giving away potted trees at the parking lot on East Pennsylvania Avenue and North Waukesha Street. There will be over 200 one-gallon potted trees given away from 8 am until 2 pm. Trees include fringetree, dogwood, red maple, tulip poplar, Shumard oak, sycamore and riverbirch.

Holmes County Senior Forester, Thomas Moss with the Florida Forest Service will be on hand to discuss any forestry related questions during this Arbor Day celebration. He can also be reached at (850) 373-1813 or email Thomas.Moss@FreshFromFlorida.com for additional information about Arbor Day or other forestry concerns in Holmes County.

Washington County
In celebration of Florida’s recognized Arbor Day, the Florida Forest Service in Washington County will be giving away trees on Friday, January 19th beginning at 9:00 A.M. The event will be held at the Washington County Agriculture Center parking lot located at 1424 Jackson Ave. in Chipley, FL, and will continue until the last tree is given away. The following tree species will be available to the public: flowering dogwood, fringe tree, American sycamore, red maple, eastern redbud, Chickasaw plum, river birch, Shumard oak, and crabapple. These are one-gallon potted trees, with a limit of two trees per person.

For more details on Arbor Day or other forestry related topics in Washington County please contact Michael Klassen at (850) 638-6250 or by email at Michael.Klassen@FreshFromFlorida.com.