Friday, April 24, 2009

It's Arbor Day!

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. It was started by a man named J. Sterling Morton and he lived here in Nebraska. The very first AD was celebrated in our state on April 10, 1872 and over 1 million trees were planted! In 1885 Arbor Day was named a legal holiday in Nebraska and April 22, Morton's birthday,was selected as the date for its permanent observance.

During the 1870s, other states passed legislation to observe Arbor day, and the tradition began in schools in 1882. Today the most common date for the state observances is the last Friday in April, and several U.S. presidents have proclaimed a National Arbor Day on that date. But a number of state Arbor Days are at other times to coincide with the best tree-planting weather, from January and February in the south to May in the far north. Arbor Day has now spread beyond the United States and is observed in many countries of the world. In some it is the king or queen who leads the national celebration, and in many countries exotic trees not suited to North America are planted in commemoration of the day. To find out when Arbor Day is observed in your state, go here.

So, go plant a tree today!


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Furry khool post!

I'll hug my tree later with my floofy tail!


Anonymous said...

Hi Bijou!

Happy Arbor Day! :-) Thank you for posting about it.

I love your favicon! It's so pretty.

Sniffs and licks,


Brind'Amour said...

WOW Bijou, you're really smart! I'll have to tell mom to plant some trees!!


Anonymous said...

What would we dogs do without trees to pee on? Let's hear it for the trees (loud applause!) Tank

the TN Bull Terrors said...

Yer a good teacher! Thanks for postin that, we all need more trees to pee on!

Feather, Darla, Pappy & LizzaBella

Lorenza said...

Hi, Bijou!
We need a Arbor Day here!
Thanks for the info about this day!
Kisses and hugs

Rambo said...

Us doggies needs all the tree we can get. They beat fire hydrants.