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City to celebrate Arbor Day with tree planting ceremony
SAVANNAH (Feb. 13) – Representatives from the Park & Tree Commission and staff from the City of Savannah Park & Tree Department will join teachers and students from Godley Station Elementary School for an Arbor Day celebration at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. The Arbor Day program will include a presentation of the City’s Arbor Day Proclamation and a tree planting ceremony. Godley Station Elementary School is located at 2135 Benton Blvd.
“Arbor Day is a chance for us to shine a spotlight on the City of Savannah’s urban forest and the importance of trees in our community,” said Gordon Denney, City of Savannah Park & Tree director. “Not only do trees provide a positive benefit to the health of our natural environment, but they also add beauty and enrich our community. It is truly impossible to imagine Savannah without its urban forest.”
Since 1985, the Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Savannah a Tree City USA for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is in recognition of the City meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of a minimum of $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
National Arbor Day is celebrated in April, but many states also celebrate Arbor Day during their tree planting season. In Georgia, the state Arbor Day observance is held in February. Winter is the best time to plant new trees in many southern states.