Florida Forest Service celebrates Arbor Day in Walton County with tree giveaway Jan. 27

Arbor Day is a nationally recognized event, celebrated at different times throughout the United States, aimed at recognizing the importance of trees to our everyday life. The first Arbor Day celebration in Florida was held in Defuniak Springs during 1886, and was one of first in the nation.

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

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