Arbor Day tree planting in Searcy

Replacing trees on island

ABOVE: Will Walker, Michael Allen and Randy Rudesill (from left) plant a sugar maple on the island green between Mulberry Avenue and West Beebe-Capps-Expressway on Friday morning for Arbor Day. Searcy Mayor Kyle Osborneā€™s assistant Lillie Cook said Searcy became a tree city in 2011 and is required to have an Arbor Day event and plant a tree every year. Two sugar maples were planted to replace two planted in 2014 and 2015 that had died.

LEFT: Searcy Mayor Kyle Osborne, Freda Morgan, Alice Jewell and Searcy Tree Board Chairman Richard Stafford (from left) gather for the event, where Osborne read an Arbor Day proclamation. Stafford said a much bigger hole was dug this year for the trees to allow for more area being softly compacted.

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