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March/April 2013

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Arbor Day Snapshot: Chattanooga, Tennessee Story and photos by Gene Hyde, City Forester for City of Chattanooga, Tennessee In Chattanooga we held our Arbor Day celebrations on March 2nd, though we planted the majority of trees in early December in order to allow them to begin the process of establishment before the heat and drought of summer arrives. We found out long ago that if we can plant in December, the tree mortality is usually less than 5%. ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) and Veterans' groups planted nearly 100 trees in the Chattanooga National Cemetery as part of a reforestation project. Background: The storms and tornadoes of 2011 brought down over 100 trees in the cemetery, including some massive old oak trees. The cemetery does not have any money for tree planting. Fortunately, I got a $200,000 tree planting grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to plant trees in Chattanooga as part of a remediation project that was initiated by the Volkswagen officials when they decided to build their new VW assembly plant in Chattanooga. Veterans' groups planted trees in the Chattanooga National Cemetery. On our March 2nd Arbor Day, we held a special ceremony with color guards and local Veterans' groups to complete the plantings. Since there is at least one Veteran from all of America's wars buried in the Cemetery (going back to the Revolutionary War), we decided to plant a special tree to represent the Veterans of each of these wars. (below) Junior ROTC group heads to planting site together. 28 Getting young people involved in the tree planting. City Trees

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