Urban Forestry Commission gives away 12 trees for Arbor Day celebration

Special to Black Mountain News
Planting a Silky Dogwood tree at Lake Tomahawk for Arbor Day was a fun community service for members of Cub Scout Pack 177: den leader Wyatt Putnam and his brother, Garrett Putnam at left; and at right, Gabriel and Jordan Sylvestre.

Every spring communities around the world celebrate Arbor Day by encouraging local residents to plant trees. 

With the holiday falling on April 26 this year, the Black Mountain Urban Forestry Commission held celebrations in Town Square and at Lake Tomahawk on April 13. 

Arborist Scott Abla advises Bill and Roi McGuire on how to best care for the Southern Crabapple they received for Arbor Day.

Cub Scouts handed out a dozen tree seedlings to participants during this year's festivities, and arborist Andrew Owens fielded questions. 

Following the celebration in Town Square, the event moved to Lake Tomahawk, where Cub Scout Pack 177 planted a silky dogwood to commemorate the occasion.