Citizens are invited to tree plantings planned for National Arbor Day on Friday, April 24. These tree plantings events will recognize the value of trees to the 165 communities from Florida and thousands nationwide that are a Tree City/County USA.
Locally, Tree City USAs include Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Palmetto, and Manatee County as a Tree County USA. To become a Tree City/County USA, governments meet the following four requirements set by the National Arbor Day Foundation: a community must have a tree care ordinance, a legal tree governing body, a comprehensive urban forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.
In addition, educational DVDs and printed materials about “Selecting, Planting, and Maintaining Trees and Palms in Central Florida” will be distributed to homeowner and condominium associations, property managers, and tree care professionals of public and private properties. The production and printing of the materials were paid for by Keep Manatee Beautiful and an Urban and Community Forestry grant from the US Forest Service through the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Forest Service.
The City of Anna Maria and Manatee County Government will continue enhancing Bayfront Park’s pavilion area on Bay Boulevard by planting one green buttonwood, two Jamaican capers and two live oaks. One of the trees will be in remembrance of Leonard Conner from the Manatee Sailing Association whose Adopt-A-Shore is nearby. Earlier in the week two sabal palms and one Little Gem Southern magnolia tree will be planted at Palma Sola Scenic Highway Park to grace its new park sign on Manatee Avenue West at the intersection of 75th Street West. The trees are funded by Manatee County Government, Keep Manatee Beautiful, Osceola Chapter NSDAR and loved ones of Leonard Conner.
The City of Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee will be planting a Key Thatch Palm at 37th Street/Magnolia Park closest to 5th Avenue donated by Keep Manatee Beautiful in remembrance of Bob McDuffie from Modern Woodmen of America.
The City of Bradenton Beach Scenic WAVES will be celebrating on John Chappie Park at 1400 Gulf Drive where two sabal palms will be dedicated and native groundcover will be added done in partnership with the City of Bradenton Beach and Keep Manatee Beautiful.
The City of Bradenton will enhance Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park on 9th Avenue West at the intersection of 6th Street West by planting two live oak trees. Park improvements, such as picnic tables, playground surface, benches, trash receptacles and barbeque grills, are planned with possible Community Block Grant funds.
The City of Palmetto will be adding tree canopy with the planting of a Red Maple (Florida Flame) at Hidden Lakes Park, 1702 12th St. W.