The Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Tree City Board will present two new free programs to help promote care and recognition of local trees.


A free fruit tree workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Delta Rivers Nature Center. The effort is part of the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA.


The session will feature Obadiah Njue, chairman of the Department of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and Chris Stuhlinger, Division of Agriculture forest manager at the University of Arkansas Forest Resources Center.


The workshop will cover topics such as selecting the right species of fruit tree for the Jefferson County area, correct planting practices, watering, fertilizing, pest control and pruning. The class is limited to 25 people. To register or for details, call 870-267-0133.


A second new program featured by the Tree City Board is the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Champion Tree Program.


“With many fine examples of huge hardwoods and other tree species in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, the Tree Board hopes to call attention to and celebrate the trees of importance right here in our area,” a spokeswoman said in a news release.


Residents who have significantly large trees, unusual tree species or trees with historical value may submit an application to have their tree recognized.


Applications and the associated trees will be reviewed by Arkansas Forestry Commission representatives and, when approved, owners may receive certificates of recognition and public acknowledgement. Applications are available by calling 870-267-0133.