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
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...
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Friday, February 21, 2014
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.
Friday, February 15, 2013Arbor 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.
City of Jefferson Represented at State Capitol Arbor Day Ceremony
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
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.