NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Trees can often be taken for granted for communities surrounded by them. At the same time, the forests are appreciated by so many.
Volunteers showed up in force at a Nacogdoches Tricentennial event Friday to plant about 150 trees.
"Plenty of people and plenty of shovels out here to do it," said Trey Birdwell, the Future Farmers of America president.
Birdwell and other Nacogdoches FFA members were anxious to beautify their new NISD Agricultural Farm.
"How deep are we going down?" asked one FFA member.
"Just about as far as the pot and maybe a couple of inches deeper," said a Stephen F. Austin State University forestry student.
It was a minimal task for the Texas Forest Service worker with a post hole digger. No matter the tool of choice, the end result is a Nacogdoches Tricentennial tribute.
Progress over the last 300 years meant a lot of trees had to come down. These citizens believe progress for the next 300 years means replacing some of those trees.
"We may not be able to plant very many on North Street because of the infrastructure and the overhead power lines and so forth, but there's lots of other places that we can," said John Boyette, a district forester with the Texas Forest Service. "This is a great example of a place that needs some trees."
Volunteers also planted trees at the technical high school. On Saturday, about 40 native trees will be put in the ground at Nacogdoches High School.
"It's always good to increase the canopy cover on campuses, whether it be university campuses or high school campuses and really engage the students," said Hannah Angel, an SFA forestry graduate student.
"You can't ever thank them enough for what they've done because it's truly a pleasure to have people in the community this nice to help us out and make it look this nice," Birdwell said.
Beautification organizations want to plant at least 300 trees during the 2016 tricentennial. They're half way there.
The Kentucky based non-profit Green Forests Work provided a monetary gift to purchase the trees that were planted Friday from the Keep Nac Beautiful tree farm. Other organizations helping out are Garden Capital of Texas and SFA Gardens.