National Arbor Day

April 24, 2015

Arbor day is an annual celebration of trees and a day set aside for the planting of trees.

Arbor day is an annual celebration of trees and a day set aside for the planting of trees.

In the United States, Arbor Day originated in Nebraska, where Julius Sterling Morton, a newspaper publisher, lobbied for a holiday to recognize the value of trees for soil and water conservation. That state’s first Arbor Day was held April 10, 1872.

A tree is a large plant that comes in many shapes and sizes and grows in many different environments. They play an important role in many habitats, providing shelter and food for animals, anchoring and replenishing the soil with nutrients from leaves (with leaves and dead wood). They help clean the air and produce the oxygen we breathe. Trees are also important for landscaping and lumber.