Crowley celebrates Arbor Day

By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – The national celebration of Arbor Day will not take place until April but in Louisiana and Florida, the day is celebrated in January.

Crowley held their annual celebration of the day that has its roots in Nebraska on a sunny Wednesday morning.

The program began shortly after 10 a.m. Mayor Greg Jones welcomed a crowd of about 20 people to the Wells Fargo Depot Yard for the city’s annual celebration of Arbor Day. In his welcome, Jones addressed the importance of trees and recognized the Fulkerson family on hand for the tree planting and dedication.

“Arbor Day is a special day for the city,” he said.

The city and the Crowley Garden Club dedicated the tree to the late Billie C. Fulkerson, who was instrumental in getting Crowley the designation of a Tree City USA city. The Tree City USA designation has been maintained by the city its first recognition in 1979.

The mayor also read the city’s proclamation naming January 19, 2011 Arbor Day in the city of Crowley.

As stated earlier, the city dedicated the tree planted Wednesday, an orange island live oak tree, to Fulkerson for her work within the city, including her Tree City USA work. A dedication was written by Crowley Garden Club member Georgie Petitjean and read by fellow member Imogene LaCour.

Flo Fulkerson Faulk, “Chuck” Fulkerson and J.W. Fulkerson, daughter and sons of Billie Fulkerson, were on hand for the dedication and program as well. They stood behind LaCour as she read the dedication.

As the mayor closed the program, he thanked everyone for coming and turned the program over the Bob Thibodeaux of Bob’s Tree Service and Acorns of Hope, who planted the tree.

Thibodeaux explained that the tree was donated by the Apache Corporation and that he was happy to be part of a special event.

“I’m glad to plant this special tree for a very special lady,” said Thibodeaux. “I am honored to be here and have the greatest admiration for Mrs. Fulkerson.”

Special thanks were given by the city and the mayor, in particular, to Thibodeaux, the Crowley Garden Club, the West Crowley Beautification, Redemptorist Catholic’s 4-H Club, the city of Crowley and its officials and beautification crew.

Following the program, refreshments were served to attendees inside the Wells Fargo Depot building.

Arbor Day is celebrated in every state. Most states hold the celebration in April, but considering the day usually consists of planting trees, the correct climatological conditions are necessary. Thus, January marks Louisiana and Florida’s Arbor Days. Other states also celebrate the day at different times. They include Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi in February; Arkansas, Arizona, California, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Tennessee in March; Alaska, Maine, North Dakota and Vermont in May; Hawaii in November; and South Carolina in December. This year, the nationally recognized Arbor Day will be celebrated on April 29.

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