The city of Palm Coast loves its tree canopy, says the city’s urban forester, Carol Mini. She and more than a dozen city staff members and other volunteers helped residents add to that tree canopy by distributing trees to celebrate Arbor Day on Oct. 3, at City Hall.
“We’re a Tree City USA, and Palm Coast residents love being green,” Mini said.
The drive-thru version of the event was a way to keep people connected to nature and also stay safe during the pandemic. It was the 15th year the city has celebrated Arbor Day.
Another aspect of the event is paper shredding. A truck was on site to accept boxes of documents that residents wanted to shred in bulk. Mini said with a laugh that she had intended to bring her own papers to shred, but she was so busy with the event that she forgot — for the third year in a row.
Typically at the city’s Arbor Day celebration, butterflies are also distributed to kids, and they release the butterflies all at once. This year, the insects were kept on ice to keep them calm in their wax bags, and they were given to kids to release at home.
“As you plant your trees, release butterflies and enjoy crafts at home,” Public Relations Associate Kimberly Norman wrote in a press release, “feel free to share your photos and videos to social media using the hashtag #PCArborDay2020 and we may share them to the city of Palm Coast social media accounts @palmcoastgov on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.”