“Other holidays repose upon the past;
Arbor Day proposes for the future.”
–J. Sterling Morton.
Our favorite holiday of the year, Arbor Day, has come and gone (over a month ago now) – April 24, 2015! As it is one of our favorites, we thought that we could include some information that many people might not know.
Arbor Day was started in 1872 in Nebraska. Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska politician and journalist originally thought of the day. He worked on improving agricultural techniques all throughout the United States when he served as President Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of Agriculture.
Morton (photo, right from the Arbor Day Society) felt that Nebraska’s landscape and economy would benefit from the wide-scale planting of trees to provide goods for trade. He planted many trees on his own property as an example. When he joined Nebraska’s state agricultural board, he proposed a special day dedicated to planting and discussing trees.
On that first Arbor Day, more than one million trees were planted. Since then, Arbor Day has taken place at the end of April to coincide with Morton’s birthday.
Today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday in April (State Arbor Days). Arbor Day is also now celebrated worldwide, including Japan, Korea, Yugoslavia, Iceland, India, and Australia.
For someone who loves trees as much as we do, Arbor Day is an excellent opportunity to take a walk around your home and think of trees for the future. Inspect your trees for any signs of damage – noting broken branches or any diseases. Think about planting a new tree with your family. Even just talking about trees can be a big help. Take a trip to your local nursery or store to see what’s available for planting or to get new ideas. Walk around out local parts and see the trees we have there.
Trees are one of the most precious resources we have, and we need to protect them. We will leave you with one of our favorite quotes:
It has been said that trees are imperfect men, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment rooted in the ground. But they never seem so to me. I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far! ~John Muir, July 1890
Photo courtesy of Wonderlane on Flickr!