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Holmes Beach, KMB to observe Arbor Day

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

Ingrid McClellan, executive director of Keep Manatee Beautiful, provides the city of Holmes Beach with Florida plant books at the Jan. 2 parks and beautification committee meeting. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

    Holmes Beach will observe Florida Arbor Day at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the trolley stop at 77th Street and Marina Drive.

    At the ceremony, community leaders will dedicate a green buttonwood tree, which is expected to grow to 35 feet tall. The species was recommended Jan. 2 by the parks and beautification committee.

    Two oak trees died after being planted there two years ago, according to parks and beautification committee member Marilyn Shirley. Committee member Dennis Groh said the oaks could not withstand saltwater in that location.

    The committee recommended a green buttonwood be planted, and that a tree replacement —a southern red cedar — be planted in April on National Arbor Day.

    Groh favored the diversity, saying to put in two different species of trees “you’re assuring the success of your plant.”

    Keep Manatee Beautiful, state and city officials are expected at the ceremony.

    KMB executive director Ingrid McClellan, to commemorate the Florida Arbor Day, recently provided the committee and Holmes Beach a $500 U.S. Forest Service grant to develop educational materials.

    In honor of the day, traditionally set aside to recognize the planting and caring for trees, McClellan said KMB contributes to parks and beautification programs countywide, seeking to match city needs with the terms of the grant.

        “We’re not just about planting trees,” said Mcclellan. “There’s also an educational component. We’re about planting, establishing and maintaining them, also.”

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