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Arbor Day, the Holiday That Proposes To the Future

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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION

Friday, April 4, 2014 is Arbor Day in Missouri. On March 7, 2014 Governor Nixon signed his annual proclamation declaring such and by state statute. Arbor Day, also known as the “Tree Planter’s Holiday”, is 142 years old. Long before other holidays and celebrations of nature, J. Sterling Morton proposed a tree-planting holiday to be called “Arbor Day” at a meeting of the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture on January 4, 1872. They set April 10, 1872 as the first observance of “Arbor Day”. It is estimated that over one million trees were planted in Nebraska that day.

Over the years, Arbor Day has grown into an international event. Every state and many countries celebrate Arbor Day on a date that is best suited to tree planting for their region. All of these holidays and celebrations keep to J. Sterling Morton’s statement: “Other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future.”

The first Friday in April (April 4, 2014) is the official Arbor Day in Missouri, and the National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April (April 25, 2014). This does not mean you must celebrate Arbor Day then. You can celebrate Arbor Day any day you prefer. Everyone is encouraged to celebrate this historic event whenever you choose.

There are several ways to celebrate Arbor Day. Of course, the traditional way is to plant a tree, but you do not have to stop there. Arbor Day celebrations provide unique opportunities to educate people, get people together in a joint cause, and promote proper tree selection and care. The National Arbor Day Foundation has several suggestions on how to celebrate Arbor Day including presenting a play about a conversation between some kids and a statue of J. Sterling Morton, a block party, and others.

Need more information or ideas for Arbor Day? The National Arbor Day Foundation provides the history of Arbor Day, teaching materials (many free), celebration ideas, and a free booklet titled “Celebrate Arbor Day Guidebook” and more on their web site at: http://www.arborday.org/arborday .

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