The City of Oldsmar is hosting a Traveling Tree Walk program in conjunction with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The program will see 8 different species of trees tagged at several locations around the City from now through October. (City of Oldsmar)
The City of Oldsmar is hosting a Traveling Tree Walk program, designating a specific number of tree in several local parks to show their monetary and ecological value to the City and its residents.
The program, which is being run by the Leisure Services Department in conjunction with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will target 8 different species in four locations—R.E. Olds Park, Sheffield Park, Veterans Memorial Park and the Oldsmar Public Library.
“We have already tagged 25 trees, and they will move from location to location every three months so they can reach more people,” Leisure Services Director Felicia Donnelley said.
Sheffield Park is located at 1923 Cutty Bay Ct. in Oldsmar.
Donnelly added the program is part of an initiative to celebrate the City being designed a ‘Tree City USA’ by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 17th straight year in 2017.
“Oldsmar has been a Tree City 17 years running, and we’re proud to partner with the University of Florida to bring the residents of Oldsmar this program,” she said.
Special labels will be affixed to the trees, which will include laurel oaks, live oaks, longleaf pines and southern magnolias, through the month of October.
Brochures describing the Traveling Tree program are available at various City facilities, including City Hall, the library, and the Cypress Forest Rec Center.
For more information on the University of Florida’s IFAS program, visit http://ifas.ufl.edu/