Community Arbor Day 2016 at Elachee Celebrates Collaboration
Elachee Nature Science Center welcomed visitors to the community's 2016 Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, February 19.
Sherry Lizotte and Darrell Snyder, Georgia Power, hand out Elderberry seedlings at the community's 2016 Arbor Day celebration, hosted by Elachee Nature Science Center.
Coordinated by the Greater Hall Chamber and sponsored by the Hall County Master Gardeners, Keep Hall Beautiful and Georgia Power, festivities included a joint city/county proclamation with Tree City USA recognition. The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee and the Georgia Forestry Service also recognized young winners of the 2016 Arbor Day Student Art and Essay Contest. Judge John Girardeau, Chair of Elachee's Board of Trustees and Chair of the Greenspace Committee-Vision2030, shared inspirational remarks on the value of trees. The event concluded with guests choosing a seedling to take home, courtesy of Georgia Power.
To mark this annual celebration, event dignitaries gathered around the newly planted white oak tree positioned at the Elachee entrance, alongside the "Islands to Highlands" multi-purpose trail.
(L-R) Michael Wheeler, Hall County Extension Service; Georgia Wangemann, Gainesville City Council; Kelly Norman, Keep Hall Beautiful; Jeff Stowe, Hall County Commission; Judge John Girardeau, Chair of Elachee's Board of Trustees and Chair of the Greenspace Committee-Vision 2030; Brian Daniel, Chair of The Greater Hall County Chamber and Carroll Daniel Construction; Andrea Timpone, President/CEO of Elachee Nature Science Center; Doug Andrews, Georgia Forestry Commission; Robin Halstead, The Greater Hall County Chamber; Robin Friedman, UGA Extension Service and Hall County Master Gardeners