In celebration of Arbor Day, the Bolivar County Soil and Water District at the Bolivar County Field Office will give away baby trees to be planted throughout the area.
This free event, which is open to the public, will be Friday at 9 a.m. at the back auditorium of the agricultural building.
Teressa Oakes, district administrator for the Bolivar County Soil and Water Conservation District, said, “We do this every year to celebrate Arbor Day. We give away crepe myrtles, sawtooth oak, and bald cypress.
“It’s just really a great education opportunity. They really like the sawtooth oak and the farmers like to plant them. A lot of women like the crepe myrtles for the color.
“It’s good to keep planting trees for the community and educate the school children on the importance of trees.”
According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, the 10 reasons to plant trees are because trees conserve energy in the summer, and save you money; trees help clear the air; trees help bring songbirds close; trees around your home can increase its value by up to 15 percent or more; trees help clean our rivers and streams; trees conserve energy in the winter; trees fight global warming; trees make your home and your neighborhood beautiful; when you plant trees, you support Tree City USA where you live; it’s easy and fun!
According to the National Resources Conservation Service Mississippi, soil is a living and life-giving substance, without which we would perish.
During the Dust Bowl era, our agency, then called the Soil Conservation Service, was created to study soil loss and help create solutions to fix it.