Arbor Day History
Arbor Day is a celebration of trees and their importance to providing shelter, stabilization for the ground, and beauty to the beholder. While Arbor Day is a US holiday, several other countries have adopted similar observances including Japan, Australia, Korea and Yugoslavia. In 1970, President Richard Nixon declared Arbor Day a federal holiday and it is observed the last Friday in April each year.
Facts about Arbor Day
- The first Arbor Day was celebrated April 10, 1872 in the State of Nebraska. More than 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska as they celebrated the first Arbor Day.
- A single tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.
- Newspaper editor, Julius Sterling Morton began Arbor Day to help bring attention to the importance of trees.
- Since the Yellowstone Fires of 1988, the Arbor Day Foundation has partnered with the US Forest Service. Through this partnership, over 25 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted.
The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. -Proverb
Arbor Day Top Events and Things to Do
- Plant a tree.
- Visit a nursery and consider buying some plants.
- Visit a park with green area that has beautiful trees.
- Organize a neighborhood beautification project.
- Hold a paper drive. Use the recycling proceeds to purchase a special tree.