Arbor Day

Arbor Day

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.

Arbor Day References and Related Sites

www.arborday.org

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