DON’T plant new trees now!

Richard Lindblom (left) and Truman Norred  presented the Johnny Appleseed Award to Scott Exum (right) of Alabama Power. Exum and the company have taken an active part in the Good Roots program to “keep Jacksonville green.”

Sherry Kughn

The Jacksonville Tree Commission is taking donations to help with re-treeing the tornado-damaged areas of the city. Members Richard Lindblom, Truman Norred, and Janice Cain are heading the program.

Hayes Jackson, Sherry Blanton, and Tammy Hall are assisting. Several thousand dollars are needed to deliver, distribute, and protect the new trees that have already arrived.

Blanton, a member of Master Gardeners, is accepting donations and will serve as accountant for the group.

“It is important that residents do not plant trees or bushes now,” Lindblom said. “They should be planted in the fall for best results.”

The free trees will be given out on the third Saturday in October. Those residents who need trees to replace those that have been damaged or missing trees must show proof of residence.

“There will be a good variety of trees to choose from,” Norred said.

For information, contact Norred at 256-454-4996 or Blanton at 256-238-7444. Donations may be mailed to 603 12th Ave. NE, Jacksonville 36265.

In addition to this program, the commission distributes trees once a year throughout the city, and that event will take place on Arbor Day in February.

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