Nov. 7, 2014 – AUSTIN, Texas – Texans from around the state
converged at the state capitol Friday to celebrate Texas’ 125th
State Arbor Day. With shovels in hand, local and state officials ceremoniously
put mulch around a newly-planted tree on the Capitol lawn, formalizing the
celebration and leaving a permanent place mark commemorating the event.
Arbor Day, above all, presents a tremendous opportunity to
teach fundamental lessons about stewardship of our natural resources and caring
for our environment.
Community volunteer Julie Straus, wife of Texas House
Speaker Joe Straus, kicked off the event. She shared her passion for educating
every Texan, with an emphasis on children, about our natural resources and the
importance of connecting with nature.
gives us the perfect opportunity to instill in children the wonders of our
natural environment. By planting a seed today in the hearts and minds of our
young people, we can ensure that our beautiful state will remain in good hands
for years to come," Straus said.
In addition to numerous non-profit organizations providing
educational information, over 300 bur oak seedlings were given away, giving the
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