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Ceremony will honor former Lands Conservancy director

Roy Alexander, the executive director of the Davidson Lands Conservancy until his death in January.
Roy Alexander, the executive director of the Davidson Lands Conservancy until his death in January.

The town of Davidson and the Davidson Lands Conservancy will celebrate Arbor Day on March 20 with a ceremony that will honor the life and work of Roy Alexander, who was the conservancy executive director until his unexpected death in January.

Natural assets and sustainability coordinator Charlene Minor said an oak tree will be planted at the ceremony in honor of Alexander, who died at age 72. Davidson Mayor John Woods will speak to recognize and honor Alexander.

“His commitment and contribution really expanded far and wide,” Minor said. “He helped contribute to many of our parks and nature preserves.”

Arbor Day is designated to encourage individuals and groups to plant and care for trees. A limited amount of free trees will be handed out at the event, and free trees are also available from the Arbor Day Foundation website by becoming a member.

The designation of being a Tree City USA recognizes the work that Davidson has done to improve and beautify the town’s tree canopy.

“The use of native trees, shrubs and plants in the home landscape is a benefit to bees, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife,” Minor said. “Sustainable gardening practices and native plants are a great match.”

Jesse Bouk, operations supervisor of public works department of Davidson, said the community can get involved and carry on Alexander's legacy by continuing to conserve land and to keep on planting as many trees as possible.

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Want to go?

The Davidson Arbor Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. March 20 at Roosevelt Wilson Park, 420 Griffith St., Davidson.

For a full list of native plants, go to the N.C. Botanical Garden website at or the N.C. Native Plant Society at For more information about Arbor Day or sustainability programs, go to the Davidson Parks and Recreation website at or call 704-892-3349. For free trees or for more information on Arbor Day and Tree City USA, go to