Plant a Tree Today for Arbor Day!

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According to the book, The History of Arbor Day, found on The Arbor Day Foundation website, the first Arbor Day was April 10, 1872 in Nebraska where over one million trees were planted.  All thanks to J. Sterling Morton and his wife, pioneers who moved from Detroit to the Nebraska Territory in 1854. As the editor of a Nebraska newspaper, Morton advocated tree planting as much for his love of trees as for the need for windbreaks to keep soil in place, for fuel and building materials, and for shade from the sun.

As secretary of the Nebraska Territory, Morton proposed a tree planting holiday called “Arbor Day” in 1872 and in 1885 it was named a legal holiday in Nebraska. Since then National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April.  Some states have their own celebrations on a day that coincides with the best tree planting weather. For example, Florida and Louisiana celebrate on the  third Friday in January.

Above are my photos of trees-care to guess which one is my favorite?

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2 Responses to “Plant a Tree Today for Arbor Day!”

  1. Annette Suter Says:

    Melabee – Thanks for sending along this lovely tribute to Arbor Day. It was a welcome break. When I was in school Arbor Day was always observed in some way. It was not stated on my current calendar. But April 22, Earth Day, was shown. – Annette

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