On Friday, February 15, 2019 The Tifton Tree Board, Georgia Forestry, and Keep Tift Beautiful collaborated with The University of Georgia Tifton Campus to plant a live oak tree to celebrate Arbor Day and commemorate UGA Tifton’s Centennial Celebration.
At the event, Vice-Mayor Wes Ehlers read a proclamation declaring February 15th as Arbor Day in Tifton and urged all citizens to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations.
The City is thankful for the members who serve on the Tifton Tree Broad and Keep Tift Beautiful Board for organizing events such as Arbor Day which greatly impact our community’s beauty and quality of life.
The celebration of Arbor Day began in 1872, when J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees, and this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska, and Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world.
Trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products, and trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community, and trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.