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Arbor Day seedling giveaway

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Arbor Day seedling giveaway

The Louisiana Forestry Association (LFA) is giving away 1000 trees on Wednesday, Jan. 23 for Arbor Day. The giveaway will include red maple, baldcypress, nuttall oak, and Eastern redbud.

The tree giveaway will be from 7 - 9 a.m. at the office located at 2316 S. MacArthur Drive, across the highway from Albertson’s.

The Louisiana Forestry Association has provided the Arbor Day seedlings for the public since 2004. “We say the best time to plant a tree is yesterday and the second best time is today,” said C.A. “Buck” Vandersteen, LFA executive director. “Forestry accounted for an economic impact to the state of $3 billion in 2011.”

The giveaway is limited to the supply on hand. The superior seedlings were donated by ArborGen Nursery.

Baldcypress, which is the state tree, can grow to 80 feet tall and does well in moist but well drained soils. Both the red maple and the nuttall oak are beautiful large shade trees that provide color in the landscape in fall. The Eastern redbud is a small tree (20-30 feet tall) with small pink flowers in spring.

Arbor Day began in Nebraska in 1872 and is now celebrated nationwide as an annual tree-planting day to foster the ideals of conservation so that our forests will always be plentiful.

“Remember that we plant trees in December through mid-March which is the dormant season to help the seedlings get established,” said Vandersteen. “The 15 million acres of forests in the state take up half of the land area and represent over $13 billion in resources.”

Alexandria Senior High School (ASH) students along with their teacher Kathy Littlepage and volunteers from the Home School Association will assist in the project by helping to bag the trees for the giveaway. The students will prepare the trees with planting instructions on Tuesday afternoon.

The Louisiana Forestry Association is a 4,000 member group of forest landowners, foresters and others employed in the field. The mission of the LFA is to further the practice of sustainable forestry.

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