Need a new tree to plant in your yard? Ruffner Mountain has got it. Plus volunteer a opportunity in East Lake

Alabama tree
Alabama tree
Will your tree grow up to be a champion? Alabama Champion Tree, Southern Shagbark Hickory, photo from Alabama Forestry Commission

Got trees? Ruffner Mountain does.

One of Birmingham’s most beloved Nature Preserves is selling native trees at their nature center.  All proceeds from the sale of these trees benefit the 1040 acres nature preserve that is larger than New York’s Central Park. The average cost is about $20.

Don’t know what kind of tree to choose?  Ruffner Mountain has developed a cute, funny and useful 4 question quiz that can help you identify which tree will best fit your backyard ecosystem. Take the quiz – HERE.

Here is the list of the kinds of trees they have on hand (make sure to call the ahead first about availability – 833-8264)

Long Leaf Pine
White Oak
Southern Red Oak
Eastern Redbud
Blackgum
Black Cherry
Persimmon
Southern Pecan
Red Maple
Shagbark Hickory

Plant trees in East Lake Park today

Along with planting your own tree today, join The Nature Conservancy and Ruffner Mountain for a community volunteer day, planting trees at East Lake Park!

Meet at the Shephard Center East Parking Lot to register. The Shephard Center is at 118 84th Street North (it is near the swimming pool!). The event begins at 8:30am.

Here are members of Ruffner Mountain and Nature Conservancy staff describing the event.

Added bonus.  The first few volunteers will be rewarded with a tree to plant in their yard or neighborhood.

So, don’t miss this fantastic event and start your Fall off right planting tree your community and your own yard.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.