Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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March 11, 2014

Tree Board celebrate Arbor Day with free trees

CROSSVILLE — The Crossville Tree Board is helping make Crossville and Cumberland County a little greener, after giving away close to 3,000 seedlings of various species as part of its Arbor Day celebration.

"The idea is to get trees in the ground and planted," said Sid Morgan, Crossville Tree Board chairman. "That's what you have to do to enjoy the shade, cover and protection mature trees provide."

The tree planting season in Tennessee runs from November through the end of March, and Morgan encouraged the crowd of residents who assembled in the parking lot of York & Bilbrey law offices, beside Crossville City Hall, to use the good weather to their advantage and go home to plant their new trees.

Crossville is a Tree City USA, recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to urban forestry. The city has held that distinction for 11 years.

Morgan explained some future projects of the Crossville Tree Board include working with the Tennessee Department of Forestry to conduct a canopy survey to determine the percent of the community that enjoys a tree canopy.

"That will give us an idea if we're gaining canopy," Morgan said.

The Crossville Tree Board thanked volunteers from the Cumberland County Master Gardeners and Wyndham for helping make the distribution go smoothly. More than 120 people were on hand to pick up a selection of the 12 varieties offered. Those included Southern crab apple, redbud, persimmon, tulip poplar, American plum, red mullberry, shortleaf and white pines and chinkapin, pine, shumard and willow oaks.

Included with the seedlings were instructions on how to properly plant trees, including site selection, and details about the specific varieties given away.

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