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Albany celebrates Arbor Day

February 19, 2005

Albany- Volunteers are digging with a purpose. "It's a lot of intensive labor work," says City Commissioner John Howard. They're tilling the soil and making it much more convenient that the roots be able to spread out as they begin to sprout forth.

They're hoping to spread these roots locally for a national day of environmental beautification. But Commissioner Howard says the hard part is "putting the tree from the bucket into the ground and that requires a little leg work a little muscle."

It's National Arbor Day and local residents like City Commissioner John Howard are playing their part, getting their hands dirty for a cleaner environment. "I'm a back to nature person and I think we should do everything we can to preserve mother earth," says Howard.

42 trees in all, 36 oaks and 6 elms, will line the the Front Street side of the Albany Civic Center. "This of course will continue to enhance our downtown area and I know trees have a tremendous value to us as human beings," says Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful Executive Director Judy Bowles. "It's so important that we maintain a beautiful community here and keep our environment nice and clean and safe and by planting trees, we're establishing a legacy not only for our current generation but for many generations to come," says volunteer Lisa Lassiter.

Generations like Dougherty Comprehensive High students. They're hard at work preparing holes, planting their contributions to the future but to some it means so much more. "Right now it's showing us how thankful we are because of what our ancestors done and what they had to go through," says senior Portia Smith.

And on this Arbor Day volunteers are keeping with the legacy and giving future generations the timeless gift of nature.

Posted by len.kiese@walb.com