Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Arbor Week 2013

In honor of Arbor Week, First Lady Dianne Bentley participated in three tree plantings in Montgomery. Her first stop was at the state Capitol, where she helped plant cherry trees that will be blooming in the coming months. This was done in conjunction with the city's street-scape project so First Lady of Montgomery, Linda Strange was also in attendance.

This morning at the Alabama Governor's Mansion, she dedicated two new oak trees to replace some that stood many years ago. The Alabama Power Foundation awarded to Friends of the Alabama Governor’s Mansion, money to buy these two trees as a part of their “Good Roots” program. This is a statewide program to encourage neighborhoods and non-profits to plant trees that will make Alabama a more beautiful and healthful place. Thanks to Urban Forester Russell Stringer, Friends of the Governor's Mansion, and Alabama Power for making this possible.

To conclude Arbor Week Festivities, First Lady Dianne Bentley participated in an annual Arbor Day event at the Capitol. Each year, fifth graders in Alabama are asked to participate in an Arbor Day poster contest. The top three artists are invited to come to Montgomery to help plant a tree and meet the First Lady. This years theme was "Trees are Important From Acorn to Oak." After Mrs. Bentley congratulated the winners and read a proclamation from the Governor's Office, she helped plant a tree with the students.

The last full week in February is Alabama's designated period to recognize National Arbor Day activities, to encourage citizens and communities to plant trees for future generations. It is Mrs. Bentley's hope that communities will continue to plant trees to Alabama beautiful.


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