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Arbor Day
October 17, 2015
This year Arbor Day will be celebrated on October 15, 2016 from 8 AM to 12 PM, and free trees will be distributed courtesy of CoServ!

In conjunction with the Fall Clean & Green Event, the Town of Little Elm will celebrate Arbor Day!  Trees will be available to participating residents while supplies last.  Each household could receive 1 free tree to plant in their yards.  So, come early with your unwanted items.  You must bring items to dispose of to receive a tree!

More information about Little Elm's urban forestry program can be found by clicking the link.  

History & Background
Little Elm celebrates Arbor Day the 3rd Saturday of every October because fall is the optimal time to plant trees in Texas. The ground is still warm enough to allow roots to grow and expand, and the cool air decreases stress on the tree, resulting in an increased chance of long-term survival. Fall plantings also allow the tree more time to prepare for next summer's heat.

It is the customary observance to plant and care for trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations. Trees are a source of joy, renewal, and fill our lives with awe and wonder, in addition to being a renewable resource.

It is important to choose a species of tree appropriate in size for the location and site, taking into consideration its mature height and canopy. In addition, ensuring that the tree is correctly installed can reduce the chances of disease and death. Planting a tree, or several trees, on your property is a great long-term investment.

Recent Announcements
In 2013, the State of Texas officially changed its Arbor Day observance from April to the first Friday in November.  Traditionally, Arbor Day has been observed in April throughout the nation for over 140 years, but Texas' unique climate necessitates a different approach that accounts for its summer heat. 

Little Elm was the first city in Texas to observe Arbor Day in the fall, and now the State is following suit.  Little Elm continues to be a leader in its urban forestry initiatives and being the first city to localize Arbor Day to Texas' unique climate exemplifies how Little Elm remains The Town With a Lake Attitude.