Rogersville Tree Board chair Jill Burdette and Rogersville Heritage Association director Angie Proffitt received signage from state Urban Forester Tom Simpson Wednesday identifying Crockett Springs Park as a certified arboretum. (photos by Jeff Bobo)
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ROGERSVILLE — The shade offered by Crockett Spring Park’s 32 individual species of trees kept the hot sun off a group of Rogersville dignitaries who visited Wednesday afternoon to celebrate an honor recently bestowed on the park by the state Forestry Division.
The historic park, which is also the final resting place of Davy Crockett’s grandparents and Rogersville founder Joseph Rogers, is now one of Tennessee’s approximately 70 certified arboretums.
The simplest definition of an arboretum is a collection of trees, but a key component of achieving state arboretum certification is identifying and properly labeling at least 30 unique and properly maintained tree species within the park.
Before of a group of local dignitaries Wednesday, Tennessee Urban Forester Tom Simpson presented The Rogersville Heritage Association with a sign identifying Crockett Spring Park as a Tennessee Urban Forestry Council Certified Arboretum.
“This is one of those unique parks that’s just a real asset to the community,” Simpson said. “Today it’s even more so because it is now certified by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council as being a Certified Arboretum.”
Read more in Thursday's print edition of the Times-News, or the expanded electronic edition.