Georgia's Arbor Day

We celebrate Georgia’s Arbor Day every year in Jefferson by planting trees.  The annual event takes place every third Friday in February.

Arbor Day 2015

Jefferson Arbor Day Event to Honor WWII Veterans

The Jefferson Heritage Tree Council will commemorate Arbor Day by planting five cherry trees along Memorial Drive at Highway 11.

The trees will be dedicated to the five Jefferson Mill workers who died in WWII.  Learn more.

In Previous Years...

Edu-tainer, Tim Womick Visited Jefferson Schools
And, his talent was shared as an incredible gift!  JHTC highly recommends his performance.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Edu-tainer Tim Womick presented two live presentations in person for students at Jefferson Academy and Jefferson Middle School!   This was an exceptional opportunity, which we were thrilled to receive through our partnership with the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Tim Womick is often referred to as the modern-day Johnny Appleseed because like the original 18th century tree advocate, John Chapman, Tim has for well more than a decade roamed across America and abroad planting trees at schools, parks, and other locations while planting seeds of thought in young minds.

JHTC also planted a tree for Georgia's Arbor Day 2014.
Friday, February 15, 2014
Mayor Roy Plott received the tree planting shovel and mission from former Mayor Jim Joiner in a ceremony involving students, teachers, volunteers and other city leaders.  A gingko tree was planted at Jefferson Academy following Tim Womick's awesome performance.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Arbor Day 2013 was held at 4 pm Friday, February 15, at the “McKinney hill” site (Longview Drive near Old Swimming Pool Road, across from the City Clubhouse). In appreciation of Col. McKinney’s vision to maintain the property as green space, the city plans to dedicate the hill in his honor by placing a marker on this land which is expanding the existing City Park. The dedication and Arbor Day ceremonies will be combined, and a Georgia Oak will be planted near the marker.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Residents Dig Arbor Day at the Historic Jackson Co. Courthouse
Georgia’s Arbor Day turned out to be so mulch fun for about 50 local residents who gathered on the warm, sunny afternoon at the Historic Jackson County Courthouse Friday, February 17.  Representatives from several municipalities, including Jefferson, Nicholson, Commerce and Braselton, helped mulch newly planted trees, which were gifts from each participating city.  The tree planting is the first phase of a broader landscape renovation plan for the courthouse.  Photo courtesy of Dave Rosselle, Pendergrass.

February 16, 2012

City of Jefferson Represented at State Capitol Arbor Day Ceremony
Representatives from the City of Jefferson, Ga., were invited to attend the signing of the state’s Arbor Day Proclamation held Thursday, Feb. 16, in Governor Nathan Deal’s office at the State Capitol.  Attending from Jefferson were Rep. Tommy Benton, Dist. 31, (back row, far left) and Mary Dugan (front row, far left) of the Jefferson Heritage Tree Council.  Jefferson was invited to join the ceremony by the Georgia Forestry Commission in recognition of the City of Jefferson’s work in tree planting and education over the past six years since earning Tree City USA designation in 2007.  Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor, State of Georgia


Friday, February 18, 2011

Volunteers Plant a River Birch at Jefferson City Park for Arbor Day 2011

Jefferson Heritage Tree Council volunteers planted a River Birch at the City Park Lake on Old Swimming Pool Road in celebration of Georgia's Arbor Day.  The City earned its sixth year as a Tree City USA and was awarded its second Growth Award, bestowed by the Arbor Day Foundation!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Members of the Boys and Girls Club help mulch the new trees

Newly planted trees at the park - Arbor Day 2010


The City of Jefferson celebrated Arbor Day 2010 at the Rev. V.S. Hughey Park on Gordon Street.

Eleven trees were planted at the park, including oak, elm and red maple trees.

"Planting these trees was possible because of a Making the Shade grant from the Georgia Forestry Commission," said Mary Dugan, of the Jefferson Heritage Tree Council.  "We planted these trees here, so that children will have a nice, healthy and cool place to play."

Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Jackson County helped to place mulch around the newly planted trees.

"These aren’t climbing trees, not yet, so just enjoy the shade for now," said Willie Hughey, Jefferson City Schools Board of Education member and son of the park’s namesake. "Take care of this park as you would your own front yard."

During the celebration, city officials also announced that the Jefferson Tree Council recently received a $50,000 grant from forestry commission to plant trees along the public right-of-ways in the city.


Friday, February 20, 2009

Jefferson Elementary School First Graders - Arbor Day 2009
Volunteers with the Jefferson Heritage Tree Council, the City of Jefferson and Main Street Jefferson planted shade trees at the Jefferson Elementary School playground in recognition of Georgia’s Arbor Day 2009.  Six maple trees were planted after an assembly program that involved more than a hundred students.

Media Center Display - Arbor Day 2009

This photo shows several first graders who attended the Arbor Day 2009 assembly program where they learned about the importance of tree in our community.  Students made banners, participated in reading a poem about the importance of trees and visited the Arbor Day display in the media center created by Mary Dugan, chair of the Jefferson Heritage Tree Council.


Friday, February 15, 2008

First Arbor Day Meeting - January 28, 2008
The Jefferson City Council approved establishment of the Jefferson Heritage Tree program and the formation of a Heritage Tree Committee in 2007, which initially served under the Historic Preservation Commission.  City leaders announced its new designation as a Tree City USA, and the formation of its Gift Tree and Heritage Tree programs on Arbor Day in 2008.   The celebration was planned by the five original members (L-R Barbara Johnson, Mary Dugan, Jimmy Mock, Harry Bryan and Lesa Campbell; meeting with Jeff Killip of the Jefferson Public Works Dept.).  Arbor Day 2008 took place at Curry Creek Park near downtown Jefferson and was attended by nearly 50 residents.  An exciting beginning!

Gift Tree Program - Arbor Day 2008

Brownie Troop #1941 - Arbor Day 2008

The trees planted were purchased as part of the city’s Gift Tree program.  Pictured in the two photos above are a few of the individuals involved in purchasing gift trees who wanted to be present to help plant or be a part of the event, which marked the first year of the city’s designation as a Tree City USA.