Governor Perdue and GFC Celebrate Arbor Day By Planting Maple Tree on Capitol Grounds

FEBRUARY 18, 2005--Governor Sonny Perdue and the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) celebrated Georgia Arbor Day 2005 by planting a Summer Red Maple Tree on the Capitol Grounds in Atlanta.

“While most holidays are about celebrating some event that happened in the past, Arbor Day is about taking action for the future. The best way to learn about trees and to help maintain a healthy tree population is to get outside and plant a tree,” said Governor Sonny Perdue.

During the ceremony, which marks Georgia’s 114th annual Arbor Day, GFC Director Ken Stewart discussed the significance of Arbor Day and GFC’s proactive role in sustaining Georgia’s forests. Governor Perdue emphasized the importance of forestry to Georgia and provided an overview of Georgia’s Sustainable Community Forestry Program.

This year’s Arbor Day theme – “Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities, Healthy People” – highlights the many benefits of community forests from clean air and water to reduction of numerous health problems.

Winner of the annual Georgia Arbor Day Poster contest, Raul Delgado of Wilson Elementary School in Fort Benning, was congratulated by Governor Perdue; fifth graders statewide compete in this contest. The cities of Gordon, Ivey, Norcross, Pelham, and Woodbine were recognized for achieving first-time Tree City USA designation.

The Georgia Forestry Commission provides leadership, service, and education in protection, management, and wise use of Georgia’s forest resources. GFC personnel statewide coordinate tree planting events to celebrate this special day for Georgians.