Arkansas State Tree
Adoption of the Arkansas State Tree
A specific variety of pine may sometimes be identified as the official state tree of Arkansas but, in fact, the legislation did not name a particular species. Like some other states, Arkansas legislators weren't very specific when they crafted legislation to adopt an official state tree. But they did recognize the economic benefits of the timber industry in the state and did manage to select a tree that played a major roll in that industry
Four different species of pine are native to Arkansas. They are shortleaf pine, loblolly pine, longleaf pine, and slash pine. The most common species in the state today are the loblolly pine and the shortleaf pine.
House Concurrent Resolution No. 2 directly related the choice of the pine tree as the state tree to the economic importance of "Pine Timber resources" and the fact that this renewable resource was important to the state's "future and its economic and industrial position". It read, in part:
The pine tree was adopted by the Fifty-second General Assembly of the State of Arkansas on January 20, 1939.
The Arkansas Code (Non annotated)
The following information is excerpted from the Arkansas Code (Non annotated), Title 1, Chapter 4, Section 1-4-119.
TITLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS.
The pine tree is declared and everywhere recognized as the state tree of the State of Arkansas.
History. House Concurrent Resolution No. 2, Acts 1939.
Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda L.): Tree Identification Fact Sheet from the Virginia Tech.
Shortleaf Pine (Pinus echinata P. Mill.): Tree Identification Fact Sheet from the Virginia Tech.
Plant Profile for Pinus taeda L. (Loblolly Pine): USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
Plant Profile for Pinus echinata P. Mill. (Shortleaf Pine): USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
Pinus taeda L. (Loblolly Pine): United States Department of Agriculture: Forest Service: Agriculture Handbook 654: Silvics of North America.
Pinus echinata P. Mill. (Shortleaf Pine): United States Department of Agriculture: Forest Service: Agriculture Handbook 654: Silvics of North America.
State Tree List: List of all of the state state trees.
A Field Guide to Eastern Trees (Peterson Field Guides) (Paperback): by George A. Petrides, Janet Wehr (Illustrator), Roger Tory Peterson (Series Editor), Houghton Mifflin; 2 edition (July 15, 1998).
A Field Guide to Eastern Forests : North America (Peterson Field Guides(R)) (Paperback): by John C. Kricher (Photographer), Gordon Morrison (Illustrator), Roger Tory Peterson (Series Editor), Houghton Mifflin (October 15, 1998).
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees : Eastern Region: by Elbert Luther Little. Knopf; Chanticleer Press ed edition (May 12, 1980).
America's Famous and Historic Trees: From George Washington's Tulip Poplar to Elvis Presley's Pin Oak (Hardcover) by Jeffrey G. Meyer. America's Famous and Historic Trees tells the stories of various trees that Meyer and his cohorts rescued or propagated: oftentimes, when trees were going to be cut down, he and his workers headed off the bulldozers, rescuing the tree with their massive tree hoe. Other trees--like the Indian Marker Pecan in southeast Dallas--were propagated before they died.
Trees : National Champions (Hardcover) by Barbara Bosworth. Bosworth captures the ineffable grace and dignity of trees with clarity and directness: the green ash that shades a midwestern crossroads, the common pear that blooms in a Washington field, and the Florida strangler fig with its mass of entwining aerial roots. Her black and white photographs, panoramic views taken with an 8 x 10 camera, show the immensity of the largest species and the hidden triumphs of the smallest
Plants, Seeds & Flowers: Bulbs, seeds, plants, fertilizer, plant containers and more.
Gardening Tools: Pruners, rakes, shovels, hoes, trowels, cultivators and tillers, greenhouses, yard carts and more.
State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide, Third Edition - Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Greenwood Press, 2002
State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers and Other Symbols: A Study based on historical documents giving the origin and significance of the state names, nicknames, mottoes, seals, flowers, birds, songs, and descriptive comments on the capitol buildings and on some of the leading state histories, Revised Edition - George Earlie Shankle, Ph.D., The H.W. Wilson Company, 1938 (Reprint Services Corp. 1971)
Source: Arkansas Legislature, (http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/NXT/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&vid=blr:code), October 6, 2005
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