World War I Memorial Tree Project
Through a partnership of the Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee and the Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansans are urged to plant trees in 2017 and 2018 to remember the 71,862 Arkansans who served during the Great War, including the 2,183 who died while in service. The goal is to have a memorial tree in each of Arkansas’s 75 counties by the time the commemoration concludes at the end of 2018. The Arkansas Forestry Commission is providing 75 two-year-old willow oak trees for the project.
Tree plantings can be sponsored by local governments, libraries, American Legion posts, Scout troops, historical societies, service organizations, or other interested parties. The trees should be planted in public spaces, such as courthouse square, libraries, city parks, schools, etc.
To sponsor a World War I Memorial Tree for your county, just fill out the application form at the bottom of this page. The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee will process the application, after which a representative of the Arkansas Forestry Commission will contact the applicant to make arrangements for delivery of the trees and to ensure the proposed planting site will help the tree thrive. To ensure the survival of the Memorial Trees, it is suggested that they be planted between November and April. The Arkansas Forestry Commission can assist with proper planting of the tree. Mulch lightly and evenly with about 2 - 3 inches of organic material such as wood chips or similar composted material. Leave a 3-inch space of bare soil around the trunk.
These holly trees were planted as WWI Memorial trees following the Great War to honor the six Henderson State University Doughboys who died during the conflict.
Once the tree is acquired, sponsors can host a planting ceremony which can be attended by a member of the Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee and the Arkansas Forestry Commission. The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee will provide soil from the Meuse-Argonne National Cemetery in France to be added when the trees are planted. The ceremony will be included as an official Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration event at http://www.wwiarkansas.com/calendar-events, and the Committee will help to publicize it. All trees planted will be included as an official WWI Site at http://www.wwiarkansas.com/sites-memorials.html.
Tree-Care Tips from the Arkansas Forestry Commission: Applicants agree to provide aftercare for the trees. Do not fertilize at planting time. Water regularly throughout the first growing season (about once a week unless significant rainfall is received), but do not overwater. Keep lawn mowers and string trimmers away from tree to avoid wounding bark. Only prune dead or injured branches at time of planting. Do not plant flowers or cultivate soil directly under tree.
Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If more than one application is received from a county, the subsequent applications will be placed on file in case additional saplings become available. The priority is to have one World War I Memorial Tree in each county.
If you have any questions, please call (501) 324-9886 or email [email protected] We look forward to working with you to remember the Arkansans who served in the Great War.
We are listing the successful applications, by county, for World War I Memorial Tree sponsorship. (County names below that are NOT followed by a sponsor's name are still eligible for a World War I Memorial Tree.)
Inaugural Tree, Old State House Museum, 300 West Markham, Little Rock, dedicated September 23, 2017.
Arkansas County: City of Saint Charles (sponsor), Saint Charles City Park/Museum; 608 Broadway; Saint Charles.
Boone County: City of Omaha (sponsor), Omaha City Hall, Omaha.
Calhoun County: City of Thornton (sponsor),Thornton City Park, Thornton.
Conway County: Conway County Library (sponsor), Conway County Library, 101 West Church Street, Morrilton.
Craighead County: Dean B. Ellis Library (sponsor), Dean B. Ellis Library, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro.
Crawford County: City of Rudy (sponsor), Rudy City Park.
Desha County: City of Arkansas City (sponsor), City Park, Arkansas City
Faulkner County: Museum of Veterans and Military History (sponsor), Museum of Veterans and Military History, 53 N. Mt. Olive, Vilonia.
Franklin County: Franklin County (sponsor),Franklin County Courthouse, 211 W Commercial St, Ozark.
Fulton County: City of Mammoth Spring (sponsor), Mammoth Spring City Park, Mammoth Spring.
Hot Spring County: Hot Spring County and Hot Spring County Historical Society (sponsors), Hot Spring County Courthouse, 210 Locust, Malvern.
Howard County: City of Nashville (sponsor), Nashville City Park, Nashville.
Jackson County: Newport Regional Airport & Jackson Co. Historical Society (sponsors), Newport Regional Airport, 3800 N. Operations Dr., Newport.
Lonoke County: Lonoke County (sponsor), Lonoke County Courthouse, 301 N Center St, Lonoke.
Marion County: City of Flippin (sponsor), Hickey Park, Flippin.
Newton County: City of Jasper (sponsor), Bradley Park, Jasper.
Phillips County: Marvell Civic Club(sponsor), Marvell Park, Marvell.
Pope County: River Valley Veterans Coalition (sponsor), Bona Dea Trail, Russellville.
Randolph County: City of Pocahontas and Five Rivers Historic Preservation, Inc. (sponsors), Black River Overlook Park, Pocahontas.
St. Francis County: Forrest City Public Library (sponsor), Dennis Memorial Park, Forrest City.
Sharp County: City of Ash Flat (sponsor), Ash Flat Veterans Memorial, Ash Flat.
Washington County: Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, University of Arkansas (sponsor), Campus Arboretum, Fayetteville.
Woodruff County: City of McCrory (sponsor), Memorial Park at 523 Edmonds Ave., McCrory.