Citizens pick out free trees

This morning, Conway citizens lined up at Riverfront Park to have a chance to get a free tree being given away by the City of Conway.

The City gave away 240 three-gallon container trees and 750 seedlings to city residents this morning. Sycamores, Crape Myrtles, Cypress and Oak trees were just some of the varieties given away. In total, 1,127 trees will be added to the City of Conway’s canopy to help with flood mitigation efforts. 

Residents were asked to sign a waiver saying they promise to post a photo to their social media accounts of them planting the tree at their home and tag the City of Conway in the photo. 

The social media campaign will be a way for residents to show the world the City’s resiliency following the destruction of last year’s storm.

Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy kicked off the giveaway by the river, praising the beautiful weather and saying she couldn't believe what was going on in the city at this time last year, and now the weather reports this year include the word "drought.". 

Blain-Bellamy said the giveaway was made possible by the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery Campaign – a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation, FedEx and Verizon. 

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