The City of Hattiesburg’s Urban Forestry Division is responsible for the care and management of the trees on city properties and rights of way. The urban forestry division’s mission is to create and maintain a safe and healthy urban forest that is an asset to the community. With an estimated 15,000 trees that it oversees on city grounds, parks and street right of ways, the “tree crew” handles all city tree removals, pruning, tree planting and other tree related work on these properties. Since 2000, the urban forestry division has planted over 3000 trees through out the city. The Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Hattiesburg a Tree City USA for 20 years in a row. To request work on city trees or report a tree problem call the Action Center, 601-545-4500. For information about urban forestry or questions concerning a tree issue call the Urban Forestry Division, 601-545-1541 or 601-596-6649.
2014 Arbor DayThe 2014 Hattiesburg Arbor Day Celebration was held at Jaycee Park across from Hattiesburg High School on Friday, February 14th. The agenda included the Arbor Day Proclamation by Valerie Arnold, Assistant to the Mayor, the presentation of the Arbor Day Appreciation Awards, tree planting by the Urban Forestry Crew and tree seedling give-away.
On Feb. 10th 2013, the EF-4 tornado cut a path through the heart of Hattiesburg taking a heavy toll on the city’s urban forest. As we continue to rebuild in the tornado-damaged areas, the city has planted trees to help regenerate the city’s lost tree canopy.
Arbor Day is a day set aside in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. The first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872, in Nebraska City, Nebraska with J. Sterling Morton as it’s founder. An estimated 1 million trees were planted that day. The State of Mississippi officially observes Arbor Day on the second Friday of February. The City of Hattiesburg has celebrated Arbor Day along with being a Tree City USA for 21 years.
Arbor Day In MississippiWhile the national Arbor Day observance is celebrated on the last Friday in April, many states have implemented state-recognized Arbor Days that reflect the best time for planting in their region. Celebrating Arbor Day helps educate the public about the value of trees. With Mississippi observing Arbor Day the second Friday in February, we take a look at how some of its Tree City USA communities are celebrating the tradition.
The City of Hattiesburg was named a 2014 Tree City USA for 23 consecutive years by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its “commitment to effective urban forest management.” On February 13, 2015, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department celebrated Arbor Day with an unveiling of a new Gordons Creek Fruit Orchard, planted on 301 West Street across from McCarty Park, a proclamation by Mayor DuPree, presentation of the Arbor Day Appreciation Award. The Gordons Creek Fruit Orchard is the first of its kind in Hattiesburg and hopefully a model for more city fruit orchards to come. The fruit trees were purchased by a grant from the Mississippi Urban Forest Council and planted by the city’s urban forestry crew. Trees planted include peach, pear, plum, fig and apple, along with blueberry bushes. The Urban Forestry crew of the Parks and Recreation Department is maintaining the fruit orchard. Arbor Day is a day set aside in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. The first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872, in Nebraska City, Nebraska with J. Sterling Morton as its founder. An estimated one million trees were planted that day. The State of Mississippi officially observes Arbor Day on the second Friday of February. The City of Hattiesburg has celebrated Arbor Day along with being a Tree City USA for 22 years.