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KEEP DOUGLAS COUNTY BEAUTIFUL TO CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY WITH A TREE GIVEAWAY
DOUGLASVILLE, GEORGIA, February 2, 2023— Keep Douglas County Beautiful, which seeks a cleaner, greener, more beautiful Douglas County, will host a tree giveaway on February 17, 2023, at the Douglas County Courthouse: 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville, GA 30134
Keep Douglas County Beautiful is one of more than 70 organizations under the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, which aims to end litter, reduce waste, promote recycling, and beautify communities statewide. This year, the foundation partnered with the Georgia Forestry Commission to provide 4,900 seedlings for local Arbor Day celebrations and giveaways to its network.
“Trees improve our quality of life in so many ways, from wildlife habitats to beautification to cleaner air for our communities,” said Natalie Johnston-Russell, executive director of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation. “These seedlings will allow us to increase tree canopy and general greening efforts across the state, and we’re incredibly grateful for that.”
Arbor Day has been a sustainability champion since its beginnings in 1872 when J. Sterling Morton planted millions of trees in Nebraska. They served as windbreaks, prevented soil erosion, and provided habitats, shade, and fuel. Today, the national observance takes place in April, but state participation varies depending on climate and suitable planting conditions. “Georgia traditionally celebrates the holiday in February, though Arbor Day is actually in April.”
“It’s inspiring to see so many people and organizations recognizing the importance of trees,” said Tim Lowrimore, director of the Georgia Forestry Commission. “They’re a tremendous asset to our communities, and we’re thrilled to work together to make our state a healthier place to live and work.”