What is Arbor Day?
Arbor Day is a holiday dedicated to the planting and conservation or preservation of trees.
It is celebrated the last Friday of each April.
The first American Arbor Day was celebrated on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. On this day, over a million trees were planted in the area.
It was initiated by Secretary of Agriculture and newspaper publisher, Julius Sterling Morton.
Arbor Day became an official holiday in 1885.
Arbor Day eventually spread to all 50 states and other countries, including Australia, Brazil and Canada.
Importance of Trees
Trees are an important part of every community. They
- Create peaceful, aesthetic environments
- Clean our air + provide oxygen
- Provide shade and cool our streets + cities
- Control erosion and provide windbreaks
- Serve as historic landmarks, especially older trees like the Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island in South Carolina www.angeloaktree.com
- Supply wildlife habitat
- Produce nourishment
- Serve as building supplies
Ways to Celebrate Arbor Day
- Plant a tree
- Read books about trees
- Attend a workshop or class on how to maintain yard trees
- Create a neighborhood scavenger hunt to find, for instance, the tree with the largest circumference, the oldest tree, etc.
- Learn tree species. In Omaha, one can get educated at the OPPD Arboretum at 108th and Blondo. Visit www.oppd.com website for more information
- Clean up a park
- Start a recycling program at work
- Commit to using earth-friendly products
- Learn about trees in other parts of the country or world
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