Perry County Conservation District holds annual tree giveaway

The Perry County Conservation District held their annual tree give-away at the Hazard Tractor Supply on Saturday, March 27. This event was for Perry County residents only. Tree species given out at the event included Black Cherry, Persimmon, Pawpaw, Common Chokecherry, Pin Oak, Red Shumard Oak, Pecan, Cypress and Grey Dogwood. Perry County Conservation District Program Coordinator Patty Fugate said the conservation district had 2,400 trees in total, but not all were given away because the rain caused an early closure of the event. Although the weather was not the best, approximately 175 people came by during the event and collected several trees each, she said. Some of the remaining trees will be given to farmers, said Fugate. Fugate said even though they did not get to finish the event, the conservation district is happy they were able to hold an in-person event. “Due to the pandemic, there's been a lot of things we've not been able to do and it just feels good to finally start seeing a little bit of normalcy and getting back to being able to provide for our land owners in Perry County,” said Fugate.