Soil Conservation District offering free trees Friday
Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 9:01 pm
The Obion County Soil Conservation District is hosting a free tree day at the USDA Service Center Friday.
Landowners in Obion County are encouraged to pick from several different kinds of trees ranging from pines to oaks.
The seedlings, which will be between two and three feet tall, have been purchased by the district and will be available in the parking lot at 1216 Stad Ave. in Union City from 9 a.m. until noon while supplies last.
“The conservation district feels that trees play an important role in conservation,” a spokesman said.
Trees hold stream banks and slopes, help recharge ground water supplies, provide wildlife cover and food, improve air and water quality and are aesthetically pleasing.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day. Also, one acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.”
“When choosing a tree you should put thought into the decision because proper selection can provide you with years of enjoyment as well as significantly increase the value of your property or it could be a nuisance and possibly a concern with utilities,” a spokesman said.
The trees that are available through the district are either evergreen or deciduous.
Evergreen trees will provide cover and shade year round. They may also be more effective as a barrier for wind and noise. Deciduous trees will give summer shade but allow the winter sun to shine.
Published in The Messenger 3.23.11