BONIFAY — In celebration of Arbor Day and as a change from previous years’ celebrations of planting in the community, Holmes County 4-H and the Florida Forest Service will be giving 10-20 Loblolly Pine trees to citizens in the community to plant at their own residences, thanks to the generous donation of 1,000 Loblolly Pine trees donated to 4-H by ArborGen, a company out of Marianna.
4-Hers and the Forestry staff will be on hand at the Holmes County Ag Center on Saturday, Jan. 18, between 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. to distribute trees. University of Florida IFAS Extension staff members and the Florida Forest Service staff will be distributing educational materials at the event.
The Holmes County 4-H Program is partnering with the Florida Forest Service in Holmes County to celebrate Florida’s Arbor Day on Saturday, January 18th, 2014. In the past, Arbor Day has been celebrated by the Holmes County 4-H youth and Florida Forest Service by planting trees at designated parks around the community.
Loblolly Pine is an extremely fast-growing pine tree native to North America. Typically, this pine tree is seen from 50-80 feet tall with a 30 foot-spread. It is capable of reaching heights in excess of 150 feet. This pine tree is known for it’s six to nine-inch-long evergreen needles which turn light green to slightly brown in the winter. The Loblolly Pine produces pine cones 3-6 inches in nature. This tree produces a very thick bark which assists in this tree being very resistant to fire in the wild. For more information regarding the Loblolly Pine, please visit the University of Florida IFAS Extension EDIS publication at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/st478
If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact John Polak, Florida Forest Service, at 547-7088, firstname.lastname@example.org or Niki Crawson, UF IFAS-Holmes County Extension 4-H Agent, at 547-1108, email@example.com or check out our website at http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu.