By a proclamation from Gov. Tate Reeves, Mississippi will recognize Arbor Day on Friday, February 10.
“Nationally, Arbor Day is recognized in April,” said Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) state forester Russell Bozeman. “However, we celebrate Arbor Day in Mississippi on the second Friday in February each year. Late winter is the best time to plant new trees because it helps young trees focus on putting down roots.”
Mississippi has celebrated Arbor Day since 1926 as a special day to recognize the statewide contributions of trees and forests. The benefits of forestry to Mississippi include a $12.79 billion contribution to the state’s economy, almost 70,000 jobs, and an average of $10 million toward education through Public School Trust (16th Section) Land timber sale revenue.
Additionally, Gov. Reeves has proclaimed February 10-16 as Tree Planting Week across the state. This week, community partners, families, and friends will celebrate the benefits of trees and community forests to recognize the unique beauty and diversity of Mississippi’s native trees.
Many counties host events, sales, and tree giveaways leading up to Mississippi Arbor Day. Mississippians can find a list of these events here.
“On behalf of the Mississippi Forestry Commission and all of our forestry partners, I want to thank Gov. Reeves for this proclamation,” Bozeman said. “I also want to encourage all Mississippians to take advantage of the tree giveaways and sales in their communities to help spread the importance of trees for future generations. Healthy trees lead to healthy lives.”