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Arbor Day

The first Arbor Day in the United States was celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. It was originated by J. Sterling Morton who served as the Secretary of Agriculture under the administration of President Grover Cleveland from 1893 to 1897. As a true admirer of nature, Morton believed that by caring for trees and other natural resources, the planet could be saved for future generations.

In 1970, President Richard Nixon proclaimed the last Friday in April as Arbor Day although certain states celebrate it on dates of their choice to coincide with the best time and weather for planting trees.

Arbor Day highlights the importance of trees, flowers, and other plants because they are renewable and can be grown with little more than the right amount of soil, water and nutrients. On this day, it is customary to plant a tree or participate in other activities related to caring for plants.

Trees, vegetables, flowers, and other plants are vital to all aspects of life on earth. The importance of trees cannot be overemphasized when taking into account human food consumption, medicines, wood for building homes and other structures, and habitats for insects, birds and animals.

Trees and other plants breathe in carbon dioxide, return oxygen to the atmosphere, and help regulate precipritation and global temperatures. Tree roots prevent soil erosion and dead and decaying trees and plants help replentish the soil with vital nutrients for future growth.

States, cities, and local clubs and organizations participate in Arbor Day by promoting the planting of trees, flower gardens, and holding forestry exhibits. They give trees and other plants to those who want to plant and care for them.

Cities and towns are encouraged to build parks, parkways, and green belts to keep neighborhoods beautiful. People are encouraged to plant trees and flowers around their homes and to recycle cardboard, paper, plastic bottles, aluminim cans and other metals.

Many types of trees and shrubs can live a hundreds years or more if planted in the right location and allowed to grow unimpeded.

Arbor Day celebrations are also observed in India, Holland, Canada, South Korea, Australia, Great Britian, China, Tunisia, Mexico, Namibia, Yemen, Brazil, France, Ireland, Japan, and other countries.

Your legacy to your children and future generations can be something as simple as planting a tree.

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