Free trees available Friday on the Square

Published 3:00 am Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Alabama Forestry Commission, the Pike County Chapter of the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association and the City of Troy will give away free trees from 8:30 until noon Friday on the square in downtown Troy.

The trees that will be given away are for beautification and for wildlife conservation.

Deborah Huggins Davis, president of the local TREASURE Forest chapter, said cypress, dogwood and crepe myrtle trees will be given away along with pines and a variety of oaks.

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Davis said there is a possibility that other varieties of trees will be available, including red buds and persimmons.

“It is suggested that the seedlings be put in a pot or protected area until they achieve a larger root system and then transplant where you want them,” Davis said. “Treasure Forest was formed in 1999 and we have given out trees each year, either on our own or with some other group. These are good seedlings and we encourage everyone to come get trees for their lawn or for the benefit of wildlife.”

Davis said Pike County has two new rangers, Reid Dickey and Chris Jones.

“Reid and Chris will be on the square Friday so it will be a good time to meet our new rangers and learn about the role they play in our county,” she said.