Johnson City is celebrating Arbor Day by giving away tree seedlings away to the community. On Saturday, April 6 1,600 tree seedlings will be handed out on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Tree types being offered are Dogwood, Redbud, Trident Maple, Sweet Bay Magnolia, White Fringe Tree, Saucer Magnolia, Red Maple, Serviceberry and Scarlet Oak.
“By participation in the Tree City USA program, Johnson City is able to highlight its commitment to the urban forest for the benefit of citizens and visitors alike,” said Patrick Walding, city forester for the City of Johnson City. “The annual recognition helps draw attention to the fact that trees are an important part of our community.”
This years Arbor Day celebrations is the 19th consecutive year that Johnson City has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Johnson City’s Public Works department has celebrated Arbor Day by distributing 25,700 to local residents for planting. Maintaining the Tree City USA designation requires the City to have an Arbor Day observance, a tree ordinance, a tree board, and to meet the minimum funding requirements for tree maintenance and planting.
The event starts at 9 a.m. and will be held at the Metro-Kiwanis Park.