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Plans underway for Arbor Day celebration

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Jim Heilman of Save Georgia’s Hemlocks surveys one of three hemlocks planted along Town Creek in Lee Newton Park at last year’s Arbor Day event. Organizers hope to plant additional trees on National Arbor Day.


Organizers from Jasper and Save Georgia Hemlocks are making plans to mark National Arbor Day on April 30th with tree plantings and possibly some classes at Lee Newton Park.

Jasper resident Donnie Low organized the planting of three hemlocks last year along the small creek in the park to mark Arbor Day. This year organizers plan to add additional hemlocks, supplied by Save Georgia Hemlocks. Donations will be accepted to provide additional hemlocks.

Georgia has an Arbor Day in February, but the local planting will be timed to coincide with the National Arbor Day, April 30th.

Low said they plan on inviting city leaders to attend and help plant. Organizers will provide more details later, but wanted to get the word out that the planting has been pushed back from a February to an April event.

Last Friday Jim Heilman, a local member of the hemlocks group, surveyed the trees planted last year, noting they were all doing well alongside the park’s creek in the park, which is named Town Creek.

Property owners can contact the hemlocks groups to look at options for properties that have hemlocks on them or for planting at