Close this search box.

National Arbor Day 2019

The purpose of the holiday is to celebrate the role of trees in society and to promote the care and planting of trees.

WGI is proud to celebrate National Arbor Day on April 26th! Arbor Day is always the last Friday of April and was first made an annual holiday in 1872. The purpose of the holiday is to celebrate the role of trees in society and to promote the care and planting of trees. We should all recognize the services trees provide to us. If planted in the appropriate location trees can provide energy efficiency gains by shading your property in the afternoon resulting in reduced cooling costs.

Recent studies by the Green Infrastructure Center have shown that trees can have asignificant impact on stormwater reduction runoff by intercepting rain before it hits the ground, slowing sheetflow on the ground, and storing water in the biomass. Additionally trees provide nesting and foraging habitats for wildlife and act as a carbon sink, reducing overall carbon in the atmosphere. Trees provide all of these great services while also increasing the value of properties! Did you know that according to the Arbor Day Foundation, trees can increase property value by as much as 20 percent?

Massive bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) located within the SR 46 ROW in the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park.

WGI’s Environmental Division works with trees on a daily basis, helping to preserve existing trees, and appropriately replace trees that cannot be saved. I am currently working as the project arborist on the Florida Department of Transportation, District 1 project to widen State Road 46 through the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park.

The DOT has mandated to the contractor, Superior Construction, that impacts to trees within the park be minimized as much as possible. WGI is assisting Superior Construction with this mandate by providing oversight on actions that may affect trees and providing advice on how to minimize those impacts.

Reviewing condition of the same cypress tree prior to bridge construction. Pictured: Jeremiah Marek and William Lorentzen.

If you are interested in learning more about trees or are ready to plant some to do your part this Arbor Day, please look at supporting the Arbor Day Foundation and you can receive ten free trees to start your own forest!

Share this post

Share this post

Learn more
about our


Under Preview

Cooling Down AI and Data Centers

The explosive growth in Artificial Intelligence has led to soaring energy demands in data centers, creating significant challenges in managing the resulting heat. This has opened up substantial opportunities for companies specializing in cooling systems for servers.


You’ve been searching for a place like WGI. We look forward to meeting you soon.


Enter your zip code, and we’ll personalize your experience with local projects, office locations, team members, and more.

WGI's success starts with our Associates

WGI supports its associates with meaningful opportunities for growth, strong benefits and perks, while we work collaboratively with clients and co-consultants to shape and improve communities.

Our Team in Action

Join the Team

WGI is a dynamic organization with opportunities nationwide for engineers, land surveyors, landscape architects, environmental scientists, and architects.

Find a team member:

Let's talk about your next project.