Small trees available
Posted: Friday, March 2, 2012 4:00 pm
The Obion County Soil Conservation District is hosting a tree day at the USDA Service Center, located at 1216 Stad Ave., starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
The tree giveaway will be held in the service center’s parking lot.
The giveaway is a promotional event in which local landowners can obtain several different kinds of trees, ranging from pines to oaks.
The seedlings have been purchased by the district and will be between two and three feet tall.
The conservation district feels that trees play an important role in conservation, according to Matthew Denton with the National Resource Conservation Ser-vice.
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.
“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,” according to a USDA news release.
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.
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 you summer shade but allow the winter sun to shine.
“Please come and take advantage of this opportunity,” Denton said. “The trees will be available between 9 a.m. and noon.”
Published in The Messenger 3.2.12