May 16, 2021

Local native gives Arbor Day presentation to James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR

Pictured above front center is William Johnson and standing (L-R) are Joy Johnson, Mary Hawk Lane, Dustin Johnson, Jonathan Johnson and Cody Johnson (Photo: Pamela Lyle)

(Franklin, GA) — On Saturday, April 13th, the James Stewart Chapter was honored have Heard County native, Jon Johnson, as their special guest at their monthly meeting.

Jon was born in Heard County, moved to Buford and attended the University of Kentucky. After graduating with a degree in Forestry, Jon moved to Florida where he currently holds the position of County Forester for Duval and Nassau counties.

An avid ecologist with a background in wildlife management and conservation, he is also an instructor for the nationally recognized Florida Master Naturalist program that is hosted by the University of Florida.

In his spare time, Jon participates in several regional boards for urban forestry, soil and water committees, wildlife management, and rare plant conservation.

Jon is the grandson of Mary Lane, Honorary Chapter Regent and Conservation Chairman for the James Stewart chapter.

His presentation, “The Right Tree in the Right Place”, gave chapter members invaluable information on tree selection, tree placement, and the care of the tree. More importantly, he shared information on trees that will thrive in our West Georgia climate.

Jonathan was given a Certificate for Outstanding Community Conservation Program for his presentation.

National Arbor Day is observed each year on the last Friday in April. Arbor Day is a day in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.

Trees provide vital protection for the Earth’s topsoil from erosion, oxygen, and homes for wildlife. They are also a renewable resource that provides a variety of materials for building, fuel, and office supplies. Trees beautify our environment, provide shade on a sunny day and improve our quality of life.

National Arbor Day celebrates all these things and aims for American generations to come all the benefits trees have to offer.

The Conservation Committee for the DAR was established in 1909 with a focus on protecting and conserving our natural resources. The mission of this committee is to educate members and to promote and encourage good stewardship practices for a more sustainable future.

A service organization, the DAR is open to all women 18 years and older that can prove direct lineal descent to a patriot that fought or gave aid during the American Revolution.

For more information, please contact us at or call (770) 856-3354.

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