JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (news release) — A tree was planted by the Missouri Conservation Commission to celebrate Missouri Arbor Day on Friday, April 7, 2017.

Several members of the State Youth Advisory Board of the Missouri Department of Social Services, along with commissioners David Murphy, James T. Blair IV, Marilynn Bradford and Don Bedell, assisted in planting the tree outside the Missouri Department of Conservation headquarters in Jefferson City.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the tree planted was an American holly, which is a medium-sized evergreen with bright red fruit and is found occurring naturally on in southeast Missouri. The American holly is often seen as Christmas decor.

Commission Chair Murphy said in a news release, “Missouri’s trees and forests are truly a treasure, making our communities better places to live, work and play.” He also encouraged residents to get out and enjoy spring by planting some native trees.

Missouri Arbor Day is celebrated on the first Friday of April and National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of the month.

You can find more information about planting and maintaining trees at the Missouri Department of Conservation website.