Soil and Water Conservation District to sponsor tree giveaway

Donna Summerall
Staff Writer

The Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) is preparing to host its 2016 tree giveaway. The giveaway will be from 8 a.m. until noon, Friday, February 12, in the back parking lot of the U.S.D.A. Service Center in West Point. The giving away of free trees by the CCSWCD is done in celebration and in honor of Mississippi Arbor Day.
The CCSWCD has been hosting this event for more than 40 years. The CCSWCD strives to promote the value of conserving our county’s natural resources such as soil, water, plants, and animals. The CCSWCD encourages the planting of new trees. Trees help prevent soil erosion because their roots hold the soil in place, shade to cool the soil, and the limbs and leaves to diffuse heavy rainfall.
“We want to invite everyone who is a land owner in West Point and Clay County to come by and pick up some trees for their property,” Calvin Boyd, of the CCSWCD, said. “People can take up to five trees, and if they are still some left, those can be picked up. This is a service of the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District to encourage the planting of trees.”
Read more of this story in Friday's Daily Times Leader.