Then, on July 4, the group welcomed longtime 4-H leader Betty Glassburn as she arrived with a 12-foot live oak tree donated by SMR Farms of Manatee County. The live oak, selected for its canopy, is a stately-looking tree. “We are certainly fortunate to have not sustained more damage and welcome this tree replacement,” said Cloverleaf’s Manager Steve Cooper. Earlier, Cooper had pointed out several trees that were planted by Manatee County 4-H’ers through the years. Fortunately, they all survived.
"Manatee County 4-H has camped at Camp Cloverleaf since 1954 and we feel some ownership for this camp. Seeing all of the large, old trees destroyed during the tornado is disheartening. The stumps will be removed when the summer camping program is over and we will try to get some new trees to replace them. We thank SMR for their donation of the live oak," said Glassburn.
“Future generations will be able to enjoy this tree as they camp at Cloverleaf. We are extremely pleased with the placement of this tree as it will provide shade for the pavilion – the pavilion that our teens poured the first concrete pad for,” said 4-H Agent Dr. Diana L. Smith. Successful tree planting does not happen by chance, it requires thought and planning. Youth interested in learning more about trees can enroll in the 4-H forestry, junior master gardener or horticulture projects.
4-H programs are open to all youth (ages 5-18) without regard to race, creed, color, sex, handicap or national origin.