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Horn Lake lands major forestry convention

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HORN LAKE, MS (WMC-TV) - City officials in Horn Lake consider themselves a quiet community, but getting a chance to host a major forestry convention will give them an opportunity to showcase their green side.

"I'm very excited that we've been considered for the conference," Horn Lake Mayor Nat Baker said. "It will be the 20th annual conference, and it's always been held in south Mississippi, and its the first time in north Mississippi it will be held."

The conference, sponsored by the Mississippi Urban Forestry Council, will be the largest Horn Lake has ever hosted.  It is a three day event that will draw between 150-200 members from across the state.

Bettie Pruitt is Horn Lake's urban forester, and says nature was the selling point.

"We just wanted to use this initiative so that we could promote all the green infrastructure things that are going on right now in DeSoto County," she said.

Things like the Greenway Trails project in Latimer Lakes Park, which boasts a two and a half mile walking track and plenty of greenery to admire. Pruitt says things like this are very important to our future generations.

"So that children growing up would be able to have spaces that were green, they could walk into and see birds and see the small animals that they're not seeing anymore," she said.

As for the economic impact, city officials say it could be anywhere from $50,000 to $75,000 or more, depending on overall attendance.

The event will be held next June.

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