Laurel, MS (August 19, 2010)- The Mississippi Urban Forest Council recently donated a “Grove of Trees” to Northeast Jones High School to enhance the school campus through the provision of low maintenance shade trees.
The school was selected for a model project due to the areas interest in community forestry. The Sandersville Urban Tree Board, assisted by NEJ Botany students under the instruction of Mark Sellers, planted the trees at the entrance to the school. Donna Yowell, Executive Director of the MS Urban Forest Council, was on hand for the grove dedication.
The MS Arbor Day Poster first place winner, was Taylor Chisolm of East Jones Elementary and her teacher, Courtney Hales. Their poster was selected from among 650 posters statewide. Chisolm and Hales were presented with a $300 cash prize for the winning poster. Chisolm, accompanied by Hales and Lea Lightsey, East Jones Elementary Counselor and Secretary of the Sandersville Urban Tree Board, were also present for the grove dedication.
The forests and trees in our community are part of what make the area a great place to experience southern charm, character, history and beauty. The MS Urban Forest Council provides a series of community forestry and tree workshops free to the public. Everyone is encouraged to learn how to ensure a “Greener Future” for the community.