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People from all over Texas attend Arbor Day celebration in Nacogdoches

Nacogdoches school children planted the 300th tree this year in Nacogdoches. It’s an offspring of the Treaty Oak growing in Austin.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Nacogdoches school children planted the 300th tree this year in Nacogdoches. It’s an offspring of the Treaty Oak growing in Austin. (Source: KTRE Staff)
A third year as a Tree City USA in Nacogdoches is celebrated by Mayor Roger Van Horn, State Forester Tom Boggus, and State Representative Travis Clardy. (Source: KTRE Staff) A third year as a Tree City USA in Nacogdoches is celebrated by Mayor Roger Van Horn, State Forester Tom Boggus, and State Representative Travis Clardy. (Source: KTRE Staff)
It’s not too late to celebrate Arbor Day. Texas A&M provides all sorts of ways to recognize the important of trees. (Source: KTRE Staff) It’s not too late to celebrate Arbor Day. Texas A&M provides all sorts of ways to recognize the important of trees. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Millard’s Crossing in Nacogdoches served as the setting for the official Texas State Arbor Day celebration. (Source: KTRE Staff) Millard’s Crossing in Nacogdoches served as the setting for the official Texas State Arbor Day celebration. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Texans from across the state gathered today in the Oldest Town in Texas to celebrate the State Arbor Day.

The goal is to teach how trees can connect the past, present and future.

Organizers said it was an easy decision this year to have the state event in Nacogdoches.
At picturesque Millard's Crossing, everything about trees took center stage, even on Facebook Live.

"Well, welcome to Arbor Day 2016,” said Tom Boggus, a state forester.

The observance is in its 127th year, but for Nacogdoches it's a first to be the host city for the official Texas State Arbor Day celebration.

"We're here this year because we're celebrating the Tri-centennial, 300 years, the Oldest Town in Texas, so it's great, and also, our theme is Leaving a Legacy,” Boggus said.

Every school in Nacogdoches now has a donated tree to take back to campus.

Good stewardship can be found across 12 million acres of 43 forested East Texas counties. 

"Every year Texas, along with other southern forested states replant over 75-million seedlings, so we plant much more than we harvest every year,” said Dr. Jerry Marcontell, the president of TFA.

Urban forestry is significant too as pointed out in city and state resolutions. 

The presentations and talks informed, but the state forester reached the point in the program to say,” Suits are nice, but dirt’s better.”

It was time to plant a tree and not just any tree.

"Well let's go. It's not going to get planted by itself,” Boggus said. “Come over here and get some dirt."

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center donated an offspring of the most famous of Texas Famous Trees - the Treaty Oak. It was the 300th tree planted this year by Nacogdoches volunteers. 

"Somebody who got a little foot stick your foot down in there and step on that,’ Boggus said.

"My footprints will be on here forever,” a child said.

“Forever,” Boggus said.

"Forever" Child-"Yeah,” the child agreed.

Then, during a group picture, someone said, “Say cheese.”

“Cheese,” the group said.

It's not too late to celebrate. The Texas A&M Forest Service Arbor Day website is full of ideas for events, educational activities and tips on how to properly plant a tree.

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