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March 22, 2021

Tree giveaway, Arbor Day observance scheduled for April 3

Citizens are invited to a tree giveaway on Saturday, April 3 at Metro-Kiwanis Park, 817 Guaranda Drive. The event will begin at 9 a.m., when 2,000 tree seedlings will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Varieties offered will include Lavender Crepe Myrtle, Red Maple, Redbud, White Dogwood, Serviceberry and Black Gum/Black Tupelo. Please note, a limited number of seedlings will be offered to each person attending.

This Arbor Day marks the 21st consecutive year that Johnson City has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Since 2010, the City’s Public Works department has celebrated Arbor Day by distributing 27,750 trees 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.

“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.”