By Toni Stauffer
When trees begin their lives, each one is small enough to be held in the palm of our hand–but over the years, many will grow to tower over our homes. They give merciful shade in the summer, and stand silent, uncomplaining in winter. They help to provide the clean air we breathe and through their deaths provide wood for homes, furniture, paper, and so much more. Some even provide food.
Ask yourself, what would the world be like without trees? It would be like the Moon—airless and lifeless.
Let’s show love for the environment and the trees in it by planting a tree this Arbor Day. The Russell County Extension office, in collaboration with the Phenix City Tree Commission, will be giving away tree seedlings at the Moon Lake Idle Hour Park pavilion on Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. until all seedlings are gone.
Varieties include dogwood, winged elm, trident maple, sawtooth oak and eastern red cedar. Members of the tree committee are Pam Stroud, Mary None, Donnie Pitts, Cecil Robinson, Gail Brantley; with volunteers: Brenda Starke, Donald Bice, Ashley Haden, Fran Loftin and Jennifer Davidson.