Celebrating Florida Arbor Day

The Florida Forest Service, partnered with Gro Inc., for a celebration on Jan. 18 at Drexel Farms in Land O’ Lakes. The event celebrated Florida Arbor Day, which is the third Friday in January. The public was invited to the celebration, which featured presentations given by the Florida Forest Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Nature Coast Cooperative Invasive Species Management. Free food and refreshments were provided, and the Florida Forest Service gave out potted 1-gallon shade trees to the first 100 people. The event was held on the property owned by  Jason “Jake” English. The aim of the celebration was to showcase the importance of trees and natural resources.

Five-year-old Josiah Larson, of Lutz, holds the Long Leaf Pine seedling that he will plant on the Drexel Farms property. His father, Josh, assisted him. (Christine Holtzman)

Ethan Greene, a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, right, speaks to the crowd about the importance of wildlife management for landowners. Also seen from left: Mona Neville, Florida Forest Service Pasco County Forester; Jason “Jake” English, Drexel Farms landowner; and, Emmett Calhoun.

A recently planted Long Leaf Pine seedling grows on the property of Drexel Farms. Drexel Farms is a tree farm that has been certified with the Florida Forestry Association. This seedling is one of the 5,600 that have been planted on the 30-acre property.

 

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