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For Immediate Release

Sandy Springs Celebrates Arbor Day with Tree Planting

Release Date: 2/10/2011

February 10, 2011—The City of Sandy Springs will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, February 18, 2011, at 11:30 a.m., with a special tree planting at the corner of Sandy Springs Circle and Cliftwood Drive in Sandy Springs. To commemorate Arbor Day, a proclamation will be read by Sandy Springs councilmembers who will participate in the event. The event is open to the public. Arbor Day is held the third Friday in February each year.

“We will be planting eight White Oaks, which are shade trees and will increase the tree canopy in the City,” said Michael Barnett, Sandy Springs’ assistant director of building and development. “Shade trees provide a great environment for growing other plants or just relaxing. This will be great for our environment, especially at this intersection so close to the school.”

The event is being held in conjunction with Trees Sandy Springs, a community initiative that is funded by private donations. “We are pleased and proud to partner with the City to plant trees that will increase the tree canopy in the city,” said Nina Cramer, founder and president of Trees Sandy Springs. “Trees Sandy Springs is committed to watering and mulching the trees throughout their early years so the City doesn’t have to take on this expense.”

The national Arbor Day celebration is held in April and dates back to 1872 when J. Sterling Morton, a journalist and editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper, established Arbor Day in the state of Nebraska. Morton was concerned about the loss of trees cleared for farms and houses, and spread information to his fellow pioneers about the benefits of trees in creating windbreaks, providing fuel and building materials, and providing shade from the hot prairie sun. The Nebraska State Board of Agriculture accepted a resolution passed by Morton “to set aside one day to plant trees, both forest and fruit.” Today Arbor Day is celebrated in all fifty states, but is celebrated during different months according to the best planting season in each state. In Georgia, the best planting season is from November through February.

For more information on the City of Sandy Springs, visit www.sandyspringsga.org or call 770-730-5600.

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