Florida Forest Service celebrates Arbor Day with free trees

January 8, 2020

 Southport, FL – Arbor Day continues to be a nationally recognized celebration highlighting the importance of trees to our everyday life. Florida currently recognizes the State’s Arbor Day on the third Friday in January. Trees provide us with air, clean water, natural products, employment and many other benefits. “We are excited to support Arbor Day events to this area” said Cooperative Forestry Coordinator Joe Vanderwerff “Trees will also help our community with disaster recovery”.

In celebration of Arbor Day, the Florida Forest Service’s Chipola Forestry Center will be providing the public various seedlings on a “first come -first serve” basis at the following locations:

Bay County –
January 16 at 9 a.m. Bay County UF IFAS Extension office, 2728 E 14th St, Panama City, FL 32401.

Gulf County –
January 15 at 9 a.m. 201 W River Rd, Wewahitchka, FL 32465 (IGA)
January 15 at 10 a.m. 125 W Hwy 98, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 (Piggly Wiggly)

Jackson County –
January 16 at 9 a.m. Adam Tucker Wilson Park off of Legion rd. in Sneads, FL.
January 18 at 9 a.m. Marianna Forestry Station 3973 Kynesville Rd. Marianna, FL 32448 (Forestry Station).

Calhoun County –
January 23 at 9 a.m. at the Magnolia square in Blountstown, FL 32424.

Holmes County –
January 16 at 8:00 a.m. The event will be held in the parking lot at the intersection of East Pennsylvania Ave and North Waukesha St. in Bonifay, FL

Washington County –
January 16 at 9:00 a.m. 1424 Jackson Ave Chipley, FL 32428 (Washington County Agriculture Center parking lot).

Please contact Steve Weherley at 850-625-6621 or by email at Steve.Weherley@FDACS.gov for questions.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests and provides forest management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests. The Florida Forest Service is also responsible for protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FDACS.gov/FLForestService.