Cathy Isom tells us about the National holiday dedicated to planting and caring for some of the Earth’s greatest treasures. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
Every last Friday in April is National Arbor Day. It’s a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees in their community.
Trees provide vital protection for the Earth’s topsoil from erosion, oxygen, and homes for wildlife.They also are a renewable resource that provides a variety of materials for building, fuel and office supplies. They are also very beautiful and can compliment any landscaping, provide shade on a sunny day and improve our quality of life. Arbor Days have been taking place around the globe since the 18-hundreds. The very first American Arbor Day was originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska, by Journalist J. Sterling Morton. On April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska. National Arbor Day celebrates all these things and aims for American generations to come to enjoy all the benefits trees have to offer.
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Read The History of Arbor Day. (.pdf)
When J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day back in 1872, his idea was simple—set aside a special day for tree planting. And today, that idea is more important than ever.
National Arbor Day Event Planning Materials
Planning an Arbor Day event? It’s never too early to start getting organized, and we’re here to help every step of the way.
Stay organized to help ensure everything runs smoothly.2
Raise money for your Arbor Day celebration.
Get an idea of how many communities across the country celebrate.
Volunteers play an important role in tree planting and tree care projects in communities across the United States.
From the tree board in tiny Calvin, North Dakota, to the neighborhood associations in Chicago and Boston, they are the heart and soul of tree planting in America.
You can get involved, too! Whether you are organizing a tree planting project or looking to volunteer at a tree planting or pruning event, you can take pride in helping to transform our urban landscapes.
Image credit: Smokey the Bear helps in Tree Planting Ceremony at Arbor Day Celebration at Planting Fields Arboretum at Oyster Bay NY/ by littleny/DepositPhotos
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