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Smokey Bear gives away free seedlings to students from Cathedral Parish School after their participation in the 2003 Arbor Day Ceremony, the last time the day was commemorated in the Plaza de la Constitucion. The annual event returns to the Plaza this year.
When looking for a location for this year's official Arbor Day ceremony, it didn’t take the Street Tree Advisory Committee COSA: Street Tree Advisory Committee long to concur that the Plaza would be the best spot. Like many other areas of the city, the historic Plaza de la Constitucion lost trees during last year’s hurricane season, including two trees near Cathedral Place.
Scheduled for Friday, January 21 at noon, the 20-minute ceremony will include the planting of the replacement tree, a twelve foot live oak.
The ceremony also includes presentations by The Garden Club of St. Augustine and the City’s Street Tree Advisory Committee. In addition, students from Ketterlinus Elementary School will offer several readings and musical selections appropriate for Arbor Day, and Mayor Gardner will read the City Commission’s Arbor Day Proclamation.
While National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, individual state commemorations are held on dates better suited to each state’s own tree-planting season. Florida’s Arbor Day is celebrated on the third Friday in January.
Also scheduled for the ceremony is the presentation of a flag designating St. Augustine as a Tree City USA, an honor the City has held for the last 22 years. Of the 122 Florida cities so recognized, only 10 have been designated as a Tree City longer than St. Augustine. Two years ago St. Augustine was named 2003 Florida Tree City of the Year by the Trees Florida Conference "in recognition of efforts to plan, plant and protect Florida’s urban trees."
The ceremony will conclude with a seedling give-away overseen by special guest Smokey Bear. This year, the seedlings will include Loblolly Bay, American Elm, Red Cedar, Red Maple and East Palatka Holly.
For more information on Arbor Day, visit the National Arbor Day Foundation. The NADF site is rich with information on trees, their identification, planting instructions and proper care, and information about the history of Arbor Day with resources and materials for planning a commemorative event.