Celebrate Arbor Day with a free tree from Florida Forest Service Jan. 28

January 13, 2017

Trees available at Chautauqua Assembly in DeFuniak Springs

Arbor Day is recognized nationally on the last Friday in April. However, many states observe it on different dates per their state’s best tree-planting times. The first Arbor Day celebration in Florida was held in Defuniak Springs during 1886.

In honor of the historic significance of Defuniak Springs and Arbor Day in Florida, the Florida Forest Service, in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida IFAS Extension for Walton County, would like to invite you to the 6th annual Camp Conservation Exhibit, January 27 – 29, 2017. The Exhibit will be held between the Chautauqua Building and Lake Defuniak with displays from rural woods to urban forests and the animals that interact within them. Participating agencies will be on hand to assist with information from your yard to the forest.

The Florida Forest Service will be hosting a tree give-a-way at the annual Chautauqua Assembly on Saturday, January 28th beginning at 8:00 a.m. Over 300, one-gallon, potted trees will be given. Species include dogwood, red maple, pecan, white oak, river birch and redbud. Walton County Sr. Forester, Thomas Moss will be on hand to answer questions about planting trees, tree health or other forestry related issues.

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

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests, provides management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests, while protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. For more information about the Florida Forest Service, visit www.FloridaForestService.com or call Hannah Anderson at (850) 625-6621.