The City of St. Augustine will commemorate Arbor Day on Friday, January 22. This event has been rescheduled; it was postponed on Friday, January 15 due to inclement weather. The brief ceremony, which the public is invited to attend, will include the planting of trees by city officials and presentations by the Street Tree Advisory Committee (STAC). In addition, students from Ketterlinus Elementary School will offer several musical selections. The ceremony will conclude with Smokey Bear leading the distribution of a variety of saplings to all in attendance.
The trees being planted this year are Crape Myrtle and Sycamore. The saplings being distributed free to the public include Red Maple, Southern Red Cedar, Live Oak, Slash Pine, and Loblolly Bay.
The 2016 ceremony marks the 33rd year the city has received the prized designation of Tree City USA from the Arbor Day Foundation, an honor it has received every year since 1991. There are 165 cities in the State of Florida which have received the designation of Tree City USA, but only 10 have received the designation longer than St. Augustine.
While Arbor Day is celebrated nationally on the last Friday in April, individual states hold ceremonies on dates better suited to their own tree-planting season. Florida’s Arbor Day is celebrated on the third Friday in January.
For more information contact the Department of Public Affairs at 904-825-1004.