By Donna Summerall
Tree Planting Week has been celebrated by the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District for more than 40 years. The CCSWCD strives to promote the value of trees to the environment, economy, wildlife and public health. According to the CCSWCD, more than 300,000 trees have been given free of charge to residents to plant on their property.
This year’s tree giveaway is from 8 a.m. - noon, Friday, Feb. 14, at the USDA Service Center on Highway 50 East.
“The Clay County SWCD is always glad to sponsor the Tree Planting Week because trees are such a boon to the environment,” said John Elliot, president of the CCSWCD. “Forestry always ranks in the top three industries in Mississippi, providing employment and a better natural environment.”
In Mississippi, the forest industry ranks second or third every year, only behind poultry and cotton, depending on the market, Elliot said. Every human being is dependent on trees for housing, heat, food, clean air and recreation.
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