• The city takes particular pride in its long-time designation as an official Tree City.

The City of Cedartown, the Cedartown Tree Commission and the Georgia Forestry Commission helped Cherokee Elementary School students celebrate Arbor Day this morning.

Plans were to plant red bud trees, but conditions were a little too wet for that. However, the trees will be planted as soon as the weather cooperates.

In the meantime, Cedartown City Commissioner Dale Tuck spoke to the students about Arbor Day and also about litter prevention. The Georgia Forestry Commission’s Tracy Mobley and Cedartown Tree Commission member Ricky Ensley taught students about the benefits of trees and the different products that are created from wood.

The City of Cedartown was also recognized as being a “Tree City USA” for 24 years.

The city achieved Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

The kids (and kids at heart) were also treated to a visit from everyone’s favorite furry anti-fire mammal, Smokey Bear.