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Albany has been named tree city

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Arbor Day is celebrated at different times around the country, but Friday marks the celebration in Georgia.

Albany city commissioners shoveled dirt on twelve oak trees at the East side of the Albany Civic Center Friday morning.

Friday was also proclaimed Arbor Day in the city by Mayor Pro Tem Roger Marietta.

Albany is one of the few places in south Georgia that has an arborist on staff.

She says there are many benefits to planting and maintaining a healthy tree population.

"They provide oxygen for us to breathe, habitat for wildlife, they actually are part of our infrastructure, because they filter runoff and they also clean the runoff going into our watersheds," said Ili Si Malone, Albany Arborist.

For the 22nd consecutive year, Albany has also been named a tree city USA.

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