Pictured are, from left, Kiwanis of Dougherty member David Shivers, city arborist Ili Si Malone, Kiwanian and local business owner Ken Rodd, Kristin Caso, a Kiwanian and Albany Parks and Recreation marketing and special events coordinator, Darlene Butlker of Southwest Georgia Home School Association Key Club and KADB Director Judy Bowles. (Special Photo)
ALBANY — With the help of numerous community organizations and volunteers, Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful observed its City Arbor Day Celebration Saturday morning, February 22, with a tree-planting exercise near downtown Albany.
KADB Executive Director Judy Bowles observed that a diverse cross-section of the community was represented at the event, which was kicked off by the reading of an Arbor Day proclamation by Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard.
Immediately after the proclamation and unfurling of a “Tree City” banner, Bowles told volunteers, “Okay, let’s get to work!” and the group launched into planting a large number of arbor vitae trees along the street edge of the former First Tee golf site, behind the Albany Civic Center and across from the city’s Oakview Cemetery. Arbor vitaes are evergreens, members of the cypress family.
City workers had previously prepared holes for the plantings, so the volunteers had only to place the trees, fill in around them, and place shredded mulch to help retain moisture.
City arborist Ili Si Malone was on hand to give brief instructions on planting the trees. The process included placing the trees upright, slicing the root balls to encourage outward root growth, filling around the trees, and preparing a circular mound around each tree to prevent runoff when the trees are watered.
Among those volunteers participating in the Arbor Day event were Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful; members of the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County, which designated the event as its “Kiwanis One Day” project for 2014; Turner Job Corps students; the Georgia Forestry Service; the city of Albany; and the community at large.
The city of Albany has been a member of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA Program for nearly three decades.
Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard reads the “Tree City” Arbor Day proclamation, part of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful’s Arbor Day celebration.
The “Tree City” banner is displayed by Mayor Hubbard and forestry service helpers.
Shown from left are Kiwanis of Dougherty member David Shivers; city arborist Ili Si Malone; Kiwanian and local business owner Ken Rodd; Kristin Caso, Kiwanian and Albany Parks and Recreation marketing and special events coordinator; Darlene Butler of the Southwest Georgia Home School Association Key Club; and KADB director Judy Bowles.