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Arbor Day Art Contest highlights value of trees

Here in Florida, we celebrate Arbor Day earlier than many other states because our springtime comes earlier. However, winter is the best time to plant trees, so Florida’s Arbor Day is always the third Friday of January. No matter the time of year, it is always important to recognize the benefits of trees–shade and wildlife habitat, stormwater and pollution absorption, and production of oxygen, food, and wood products. For the second year in a row, UF IFAS Escambia County Extension sponsored an all-ages Arbor Day Art Contest to highlight the beauty and value of trees in our communities. Contest prizes are sponsored by Resource Management Services (RMS), a nationwide forestry company with offices in Santa Rosa County. With 145 entries (mostly 12 and under), selection of winners was a difficult task. Below, some of the winners and their artwork are featured.

Winning entry, youth art contest. Drawn by Tyson Smarr.

Youth winner Tyson Smarr won a tree and shovel for his artwork submission. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson, UF IFAS Extension

1st place winner in adult contest, Sarah Ann Cook, poses in front of a display of artwork from the contest. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson, UF IFAS Extension

2nd place adult winner, artwork by Ashley M. Davis.

Youth winner Marina Deubler with her 1st place. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson, UF IFAS Extension

Winning artwork, teen category. Painting by Marina Deubler

Artwork by Hana Hazburn

Artwork by Karina Torres