Arbor Day

Arbor Day is this Friday. And today I am celebrating this wonderful day ! So go out and admire the trees.

History of Arbor Day

Nebraska newspaper editor — and resident of Nebraska City, NE — J. Sterling Morton had an enthusiasm for trees and advocated strongly for individuals and civic groups to plant them. Once he became secretary of the Nebraska Territory, he further spread his message of the value of trees. And on January 4, 1872, Morton first proposed a tree planting holiday to be called “Arbor Day” at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture.The celebration date was set for April 10, 1872. Prizes were offered to counties and individuals for the largest number of properly planted trees on that day. It was estimated that more than 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.Arbor Day was officially proclaimed in 1874 by Nebraska’s Governor, Robert W. Furnas, and the day was observed April 10 that year. In 1885, Arbor Day was named a legal state holiday in Nebraska, and April 22 was selected as the date for its permanent annual observance.

Fun Ways to celebrate Arbor Day at home

1. Find your favorite tree quote.

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

― Martin Luther

“Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish.”

2. Learn 3 new epic facts about trees.

There are loads of things we can learn from trees. And at least as many we can learn about trees.

Learn some new tree facts, and share them with everyone.

3. Plant a tree. If you like, dedicate it to someone.

All good things come in tree. So plant a tree for Arbor Day and dedicate it to someone you really, really like.

My son’s College is a Tree Campus USA :

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the eleventh consecutive year.

The designation recognizes colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

Free Trees :

Check locally for Free trees: many schools,library,colleges and originations offer free seedlings.

Lowe’s Earth Day freebie: How to register for April 29 SpringFest giveaway of free trees and butterfly quest kits

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