City of Rome Invites the Public to Arbor Day Celebrations

February 11th, 2019---12:04 P.M.

PRESS RELEASE

The City of Rome invites the public to celebrate Arbor Day on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2019, at the Rome Senior Center at 11:00 a.m. The event will highlight the city’s 29th year as being designated a Tree City USA community.

As a Tree City USA community, the City of Rome maintains a viable tree management program that meets standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and National Association of State Foresters. The city will receive its 11th Growth Award from Tree City USA; which is given in recognition of meeting higher levels of tree care. Rome is one of nine cities in the state of Georgia who will receive the award.

City of Rome Tree Board Chairman, Hal Ruland stated, “To receive the Tree City USA community designation for 29 years, combined with attaining the Growth Award for 11 years, shows that the City of Rome is dedicated to urban forestry and the beautification of our city.”

The Arbor Day program will be hosted by the City of Rome Tree Board, in partnership with Georgia Power, Georgia Forestry Commission, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and Rome Federated Garden Clubs. A representative from Georgia Forestry will present the Tree City USA awards to the city. Mayor Bill Collins and former Mayor Jamie Doss will speak at the event, in addition to representatives from the Rome Federated Garden Clubs and Xavier Chapter of NSDAR.

Each year, the City of Rome Tree Board identifies an Arbor Day Project. This year, the trees located in the median of Riverside Parkway were selected as the project. The parkway was originally planted with American Elms, which suffered from the Elm Yellows plant disease. The tree board voted to replace the trees with Willow Oaks, which are the same type of trees that currently beautify the medians of Broad Street. This fast-growing tree will create a colorful, cohesive canopy that will welcome visitors to Rome.

In support of Arbor Day, Lavender Mountain Hardware and Georgia Power are providing free seedlings to attendees of the Arbor Day festivities. Additionally, City of Rome Arborist, Terry Paige, along with Floyd County UGA Extension Office Coordinator, Keith Mickler, will facilitate The Floyd County Master Gardeners Community Workshop on, “Pruning – To Prune or Not To Prune.” The free workshop will be held Saturday, February 16, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Chieftains Museum.

The National Arbor Day observance is celebrated on the last Friday in April, but Georgia, like many states, has implemented a state-recognized Arbor Day to reflect the best time for planting in our region. Georgia observes Arbor Day the third Friday in February.

For more information on Arbor Day festivities, contact Emma Wells at ewells@romega.us or 706-622-6435.  

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