Tree events set for February
by Susan Di Biase
Special to The Star
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Jacksonville just became a shadier place —in a good way. Pleasant February weather served as a backdrop for an annual gathering of enthusiastic tree volunteers. Next to the historic Profile Mill, the newly paved Creekside Trail became the home of 25 new trees and flowering native shrubs.

Members of the Jacksonville State University Earth Club joined forces on Feb. 8 with the Troop 19 Boy Scouts, gardening friends and members of the Jacksonville Tree Commission. The group planted river birch, dogwoods, native anise, Alabama snow wreath and Yaupon holly, among others. Trees already at the scenic location include black walnut and honey locust.

Jacob Bramlett, a JSU ecology student, said he often visits the Creekside Trail for a peaceful break from his busy life as a college freshman.

“The big rock on the bank is my favorite study spot,” he said. “I love it here.”

Mayor Johnny Smith reports that the streets department is making good progress in grading and preparing the next segment of the trail for paving.

“We eventually hope to extend the trail with a bridge across the creek below the Skateboard Park,” Smith explained to volunteers.
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