The official 2016 Texas Arbor Day Celebration was held in the City of Nacogdoches, the Oldest Town in Texas, now in its 300th year. In observance of this ‘holiday for trees’ the City of Nacogdoches hosted a local celebration at Millard’s Crossing Historic Village on Friday, November 4, 2016. Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful was the event sponsor.
The Garden Capital of Texas Committee members planted a ceremonial 300th tree on Arbor Day at Millard's Crossing Historic Village. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center donated a sapling from a historic tree, The Treaty Oak, to be planted during the ceremony. The Treaty Oak is the only survivor of a group of live oaks known as the “Council Oaks,” under which Stephen F. Austin is reputed to have signed a treaty.
“It’s a five gallon tree, about four feet tall. It’s not the physical aspects of the tree that are impressive; it’s the lineage,” said John Boyette, Texas A&M Forest Service district forester and KNB board of directors member.
A small group of students and a staff member from several schools in Nacogdoches Independent School District(NISD) attended the Arbor Day celebration. One tree from the KNB Tree Nursery was donated to each NISD campus to help students and staff celebrate Arbor Day at their individual schools. Each child will receive a small sapling to take home, also courtesy of Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful and the City of Nacogdoches.
Texas communities celebrate trees and learn about the benefits trees provide for us every day — like clean air, clear water, improving our health and even saving us money on energy bills. This is a great opportunity for families get out and learn about trees and how they protect and affect us.