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We love trees this month
Keep Liberty Beautiful
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In February, we are all about trees at Keep Liberty County Beautiful. Georgia’s official Arbor Day is the third Friday in February each year because it’s the perfect time to plant trees in our area. So we join several local tree-loving partners each Arbor Day in promoting the benefits of trees in the community.
You are cordially invited to join us in these activities this month. We try to make sure that there is something for everyone because we know that trees benefit all of us — young and old, rich and poor, couch potatoes and outdoorsy types. If you do not know much about trees, don’t worry because you will get a number of opportunities to learn all about them in the coming weeks. Here is a summary of upcoming activities:
• Community tree plantings: Reserve your tree or trees now for our annual tree plantings between Feb. 8-19. Keep Liberty Beautiful, the Georgia Forestry Commission and Brewers Christmas Tree Farm will have a limited number of trees and seedlings available to give to youth groups, civic groups, churches, businesses, municipalities, organizations and agencies while supplies last. Our goal is to plant for our future. Trees not only beautify our community, they clean and cool the air. Strategically-placed trees provide shade that reduces energy costs for businesses and homes. Call us now at 880-4888 or e-mail to participate. Local groups planted 159 trees last year, but we need your participation this year, too.
• The second annual Melon Bluff photo competition and exhibition: Photography buffs need to check out this exciting opportunity to show off your artistic skills. The contest is meant to showcase the beauty of Georgia’s coastal trees. Framed entries must be turned in at Melon Bluff on either Feb. 6 or the week of Feb. 8-11. There are two entry divisions: a senior division for adults 17 and older and a junior division for youth ages 10-17. For specific details on the competition and the prizes, check out
Felix and Diane Kirkland will serve as judges again this year. Diane was the 2008 DNR artist in residence for Georgia. Framed selections will be on exhibit at Melon Bluff through April. Last year I was blown away by the local talent on display from this competition, so plan now to participate in the event, which is sponsored by Melon Bluff and the Hinesville Area Art Council.
• Annual Arbor Day ceremony: Each year, the ladies in the Morning Glory Garden Club hold an Arbor Day ceremony at Main Street Park in downtown Hinesville. Many of the trees growing in the park were planted by the club over the years. Make plans now to join us for the ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19 at Main Street Park.
• Arbor Day poster contest: Fifth-grade 4-Hers are invited to participate in this year’s contest, which is sponsored by Keep Liberty County Beautiful and the Georgia Forestry Commission. The poster theme is “Trees are Cool!”
As I mentioned earlier, trees provide many benefits for our Earth, including keeping our air cleaner and cooler. Entries must be turned in  to KLCB by noon Friday, Feb. 12 to participate. Prizes for first place ($75), second place ($50) and third place ($25) will be awarded. For contest rules, call 880-4888 or e-mail
We will also have several activities promoting trees in the next several weeks, including our fun Arbor Day placemats that will be distributed to area schools and restaurants. So, remember during the month of February to think trees! They are not just for climbing anymore.
More upcoming KLCB events that need your help or participation:
Please note: We have moved. The office of Keep Liberty County Beautiful is now in Midway behind city hall at 9397 Oglethorpe Highway. Our new office number is 880-4888.
• Feb. 8-19: Georgia Arbor Day. In partnership with the Georgia Forestry Commission, we will be offering a limited number of young trees for planting around the community. Interested schools, churches, businesses, civic and youth groups can join us by planting trees in celebration of Arbor Day. Call 368-4888 to reserve your trees while supplies last. Trees are the answer for a beautiful community so plant one now!
• Through Feb. 11: Melon Bluff photo competition and exhibition: The annual photography competition celebrates Georgia’s coastal trees. For more information, check out
• Through Feb. 19: Phonebook and catalog recycling. Turn in out-of-date phonebooks and business catalogs for recycling at area drop-off sites throughout the county:
• Liberty County courthouse annex lobby, Hinesville
• City hall lobby, Hinesville
• City hall lobby, Midway
• City hall lobby, Riceboro
• City hall porch, Walthourville
• City hall lobby, Flemington
• Feb. 19: Annual Arbor Day ceremony at 11 a.m., sponsored by the Morning Glory Garden Club at Main Street Park in Hinesville.

For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, contact Swida at 880-4888 or
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