COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Our environment was the focus of many in Columbus today.
The city's annual Arbor Day celebration was held at Lake Bottom Park.
Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.
And Columbus is celebrating 31 years as Georgia's first Tree City USA.
Officials say that title is important because it means the city wants to preserve the environment for future generations.
"Arbor Day is a day that looks towards the future. When we plant a tree, we're planting hope and we're planting a benefit for the future. Those trees will grow and develop. They'll give us shade and oxygen. They'll hold the soil in place. They'll provide a habitat for wildlife- all the many social, economical and environmental benefits that we enjoy from trees," said Steve Smith, with the Georgia Forestry Commission.
Free tree seedlings were also given out at today's event thanks to Trees Columbus and the Urban Forest and Beautification Division.