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.