The City of Nacogdoches celebrates Texas Arbor Day at Pioneer Park

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) — Friday is Texas Arbor Day, which falls on the first Friday in November. Across the state, people use the day to plant trees.

The Garden Capital of Texas committee, in partnership with the City of Nacogdoches and Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful, spent the day planting trees in a park. Volunteer Dawn Stover calls it a tradition.

“For the past decade at least, we’ve planted trees across the city on Texas Arbor Day, and this year we decided to plant some trees throughout Pioneer Park. It’s a park we haven’t touched yet,” Stover said.

They explain that the park has two areas. One is wet while the other is an elevated, drier area, which helps determine what type of trees to plant in each area.

“We wanted to choose things that would provide shade, that would also provide color, and that would also work well in the situations we chose for them,” Stover said.

Garden Capital of Texas committee president Angela repeat says the trees planted are local.

“We’ve made an effort to plant native trees, so they’re not very high-maintenance, they’re used to growing in Texas, and they’re very low-maintenance for the city,” Repeatd said.

According to Stover, this event is important for several reasons.

“Nacogdoches is actually officially a Tree City USA and in order to keep that designation we have to have a Texas Arbor Day event every year. It also helps us plant trees and keep our community beautiful,” Stover said.

In addition to the tree planting, a new interactive course for children was also inaugurated.

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