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Approximately 70 people participate in the annual free tree giveaway, choosing from 12 species and taking a total of about 1,500 seedlings home to plant. Photo submitted
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Numerous Coosa County residents enjoyed the opportunity to add to their yards with Tuesday morning’s free tree giveaway.
The annual event was a great success this year, with approximately 70 residents from Coosa County and surrounding areas coming out and taking about 1,500 free seedlings home with them. Coosa County Extension Coordinator Sharon Haynes said that they had 12 different species of trees, with most of those having 100 to 150 seedlings each.
Tree seedlings given away included categories of small, medium and large trees. The species included redbud, witchhazel, Kousa dogwood, dogwood, sourwood, river birch, persimmon, red mulberry, bald cypress, white oak, and tulip poplar.
The annual tree giveaway is part of a statewide initiative to celebrate Arbor Week, which is traditionally recognized the last full week of February.
This was a collaboration with the Alabama Forestry Commission – Coosa County and Coosa County Extension Office, along with the Coosa County Forestry Planning Committee.
Members of the Forestry Commission and Extension Office were present during the event to disperse trees to the public and provide education on proper tree selection and planting guidelines.