BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Another beautiful, shady oak was added to the tree line near the Louisiana State Capitol steps.
A special oak tree planting ceremony marked the beginning of the National Society of American Foresters (SAF) convention Monday.
The oak's new home is at the corner of Fourth Street and Spanish Town Road.
More than 1,500 forestry professionals from across the country are in Baton Rouge for the annual meeting. It is the first time the professional society has meet in the Capitol City.
Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain said the national group plants a new tree each year when they meet as a reminder of the precious resource.
"If you look at half of the surface area of Louisiana, it is in timber," said Strain. "We have 14 million acres in Louisiana in timber and 18 million with trees on them."
Oak trees provide not only shade, but clean water, air and other products to people around the globe.