Franklin County Soil Conservation District to Give Away Trees in Recognition of Arbor Day

Have you ever imagined what the world would be like without trees?  The benefits of trees extend far beyond their beauty.  Human response to trees goes well beyond simply observing their beauty.  We feel serene, peaceful, restful, and tranquil in and around trees.  Trees are frequently planted as living memorials.  We often become personally attached to trees that we, or those we love, have planted.  Trees mark the seasons, is it winter, spring, summer, or fall?  Look at the trees.

 Trees alter the environment in which we live by moderating climate, improving air quality, reducing stormwater runoff, reducing soil erosion, and harboring wildlife. Wind speed and direction is affected by trees.  We seek out shade under trees when the weather is hot.  Trees are used as windbreaks.  The more compact the foliage on the tree or group of trees, the more effective the windbreak.  Rainfall, sleet, and hail are absorbed or slowed by trees, providing some protection for people, pets, and buildings.  Trees intercept water, store some of it, reduce stormwater runoff and reduce erosion.

 Air quality is improved using trees.  Leaves filter the air we breathe by removing dust and other particulates.  Rain then washes the pollutants to the ground.  Leaves absorb the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide during photosynthesis and store carbon as growth.  Leaves also absorb other air pollutants such as ozone, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide.  Most importantly, trees release oxygen.  According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, in one year, an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.

 By planting trees, we provide a more natural habitat that is attractive to birds and wildlife.  Trees also provide food for human consumption as well as food and habitat for wildlife, including aquatic life.  These are just a few of the human and environmental benefits of planting and maintaining trees.  There are many other benefits and products that we get from trees.

  Arbor Day sprouted from the mind of a zealous tree lover named Julius Sterling Morton, who had a passion for planting all kinds of trees. The first Arbor Day occurred on April 10, 1872, in Nebraska City, Nebraska.  It is a holiday that celebrates nature. Its purpose is to encourage people to plant trees.

 To celebrate Arbor Day, the Franklin County Soil Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will be partnering with the Tennessee Division of Forestry to give away trees to interested landowners who will take them and plant them. The giveaway will be on March 8th from 8 am until 12 noon or until all the trees are gone.  There will be a limit of 10 trees per landowner.  Our office location is 200 South Jefferson Street, Room 108, Winchester, Tennessee 37398.  You may contact us at 931-967-3504, extension 3.  Office hours are 8 am until 4:30 pm.