CCSWCD sponsors annual tree giveaway

Young trees at Nativ Nursery
Staff Writer

The Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) is preparing to host its 2016 tree giveaway. The giveaway will be from 8 a.m. until the trees are gone, Friday, February 16, in the back parking lot of the U.S.D.A. Service Center in West Point. The giving away of free trees by the CCSWCD is done in celebration and in honor of Mississippi Arbor Day.

"The CCSWCD has been hosting this event for more than 40 years," Calvin Boyd, of the CCSWCD, said. "The CCSWCD strives to promote the value of conserving our county’s natural resources such as soil, water, plants, and animals."

He said the CCSWCD encourages the planting of new trees. Trees help prevent soil erosion because their roots hold the soil in place, shade to cool the soil, and the limbs and leaves to diffuse heavy rainfall.

"Trees supply so many benefits," Boyd said. "To the land owner with shade, lumber, a way to prevent soil erosion. For wildlife if provides a habitat, shade, food sources. Trees are crucial to wildlife."

Boyd said this year’s tree species include; Eastern Redbud, Loblolly Pine, Sawtooth Oak, Overcup Oak, Nutall Oak, Water and Willow Oak. Over 2000 seedlings will be provided free, to Clay County residents, and will be available on a first come first serve basis until all are given away.

"Planting trees are a great way to improve property," Boyd said. "They are also a way to commemorate a special event, a birth, or in honor of someone or in memory of a lost loved one, a special holiday or visit. A tree is a lasting tribute."

The CCSWCD strives to promote conservation of our counties natural resources, which include; soil, air, water, plants and animals. Trees improve air quality, provide shade, erosion control, create wildlife habitat and food, produce lumber and paper, and memories for families to share. This will make over 40 years the CCSWCD has been sponsoring the event.

The District would like to thank its volunteers who generously assist with this important event for the county, including; Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Mississippi State Extension Service, Mississippi Forestry Commission, Weyerhaeuser, Nativ Nursery, Dale Harris and the Clay County Earth Team.