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February 10, 2014

Arbor Day celebrated with tree planting at city hall

Live Oak — Arbor Day celebration was held Friday at the Live Oak City Hall and a tree was planted on the south side of the building by the local 4-H Live Oak Learners Forest Ecology Team.

At about 2 p.m., the club members began digging a hole four feet wide and four feet deep in preparation to plant a magnolia tree which stood about 20 feet tall.

The tree was donated by Huntsman’s Tree Farm. Logan Ragans and Joe Ott of  Huntsman’s delivered and placed the tree with equipment specially designed to handle the massive tree with a root ball that weighed over 850 pounds.

“The tree planting was done as part of an organized community Arbor Day  project by the local 4-H team in cooperation with the Florida Forest Service and City of Live Oak officials,” FFS Senior Forester Brian Cobble said.

Arbor Day in Florida is held on the third Friday in January. However, Cobble said the event had to be postponed due to scheduling conflicts.

Members of the Live Oak Learners Forest Ecology Team that were present to help plant the tree are: Cameron Kerr, Dalton LeRoux, Fallon Kerr, Joseph Dinges, Alexa Dinges, Skylar Rountree, Cassidy Rountree, Christian LeRoux, Patton Harmon and Bethany Rountree.

 

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