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Arbor Day in Davidson: Planting Trees

by | Mar 20, 2022

Volunteers planted trees along the greenway on Arbor Day.


See an album of photos by Bill Giduz. 

A light morning drizzle did not dampen the enthusiasm of more than 50 volunteers, who gathered on Saturday morning at Plum Creek Park to plant trees in celebration of NC Arbor Day.

“Today, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, and continue a tradition of tree planting and appreciation,” said Mayor Rusty Knox. The mayor underscored the importance of Davidson’s tree canopy, saying, “Trees are integral to our community and our sense of place.”

Volunteers, working closely with seven TreesDavidson leaders who are TreeMasters, planted 65 trees along the South Prong greenway, stretching from Plum Creek Park almost to the fire station on Davidson Concord Road. 

“This event is the essence of community forestry, where residents get involved, learn about trees, and add to the canopy,” said Gary Thacker, Davidson Town Arborist and TreeMaster. 

Thacker, who was integral to the event leadership, explained that TreeMasters are volunteers trained in proper tree planting and volunteer oversight.

“Today’s volunteers did a great work, despite the muddy conditions” added Gordon Clark, event organizer and Conservancy board member.    

“We planted a wide variety of oaks today,” said Clark, “which will help support the wildlife in this area and will add to the beauty of the greenway.”

Among the oak varieties planted were Overcup, Shumard, Scarlet, Bur, White, Swamp White, Cherrybark, and Chestnut.  Native tree species were emphasized to enhance wildlife of the area.

TreesDavidson, an urban forestry program of Davidson Lands Conservancy., coordinated the event in collaboration with the Town of Davidson. Other programs of the Conservancy are land conservation, greenways and trails, and wildlife habitat. Learn more at  

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