Texas A&M Forest Service to plant and giveaway trees in celebration of Texarkana’s second Arbor Day

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Texarkana, TX- Several local organizations have partnered with the Texas A&M Forest Service to giveaway trees during Texarkana’s second annual Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, March 19th, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Spring Lake Park across from the Rotary Splash Pad.

This public event will cap off a week’s worth of activities that will include tree plantings March 14th at Grady T Wallace Park and a sapling planting at the Texarkana Water Utilities Water Treatment Plant March 15th.

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Members of Keep Texarkana Beautiful, the Texarkana College S.T.E.M. Club, Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Texarkana Water Utilities, the City of Texarkana, Texas Parks and Recreation Department, and the City of Texarkana, Texas Planning and Community Development Department will be on-hand to help give away 1,500 bare root seedlings, 100 small potted trees of mixed species from the Arkansas Forestry Commission, as well as more established trees left over from last year’s Arbor Day events.

The public is invited to participate in the tree giveaway by selecting free trees to take home and plant on a first-come first-serve basis.

The tree species have been carefully researched by a certified arborist and varieties were selected that are adaptable to Texarkana’s climate. Available species may include eastern redbud, dogwood, northern red oak, black tupelo, and tulip tree Shumard oak, swamp chestnut oak, white oak, mayhaw, southern red oak, cherrybark oak, bald cypress, red maple, live oak, cottonwood, yellow poplar, and loblolly pine.

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