National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day according to their best tree-planting times. In Florida, Arbor Day is celebrates on the third Friday in January.
There are several organizations in the Tampa Bay area that are always looking for volunteers, and this time of year volunteers are needed to participate in community tree plantings. Some of these organizations include:
- Mayor’s Beautification Program – (813) 221-8733
- Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful – (813) 960-5121
- Sarasota County ReLeaf – (941) 922-3693
- Nature Coast Botanical Gardens (Spring Hill, FL) – (352) 683-9933
There will likely be several events taking place on Friday, January 21st and through the weekend to promote healthy urban forest management and engage community members to become environmental stewards. If you know of specific events happening in the Tampa Bay or surrounding areas, please leave a comment here and I’ll post it up for all to see!
For more information on appropriate landscape trees for the Tampa Bay area, visit the UF IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Urban Forestry web site — http://bit.ly/HillsboroughTrees.