Arbor Day is celebrated in the USA, the last Friday of April. It’s a day to plant a tree, or many!
Arbor Day got it’s start in Nebraska. In the 1870’s more and more people from the eastern United States were arriving on the Great Plains, and finding they missed the trees. In addition, as the ground of the Great Plains was being tilled, it was important to break the wind and protect the newly upturned soil from blowing away. Planting windbreaks of trees, was a good farming practice that needed promotion as farmers moved to the new environment on the plains.
Sterling J. Morton of Nebraska was a pioneer child who planted many trees and shrubs in his family’s new Nebraska home. As a grown man in the 1870’s he was a newspaper man writing frequently and going to the Nebraska Agricultural Board and state government advocating for an official tree planting occasion. Nebraska was the first state to adopt Arbor Day, and it rapidly spread across the USA by the 1880’s. Since then, children in schools across the country have frequently take a field day to plant trees, the last day of April.
Do something big, that will outlast your lifetime. Plant a tree today.
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