Sunday, December 13, 2015

Arbor Day – Celebration of Trees

Julius Sterling Morton - Founder of Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a special day that celebrates the significance of trees in our lives. 

The word Arbor means tree in Latin.

The very first Arbor Day was celebrated in the state of Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA on April 10th 1872.

The celebration was initiated by Julius Sterling Morton. He was one among the pioneers who moved to Nebraska in 1854. When the pioneers settled in Nebraska, it was a plain without any trees. 

The lack of trees was felt by all those who settled in Nebraska.

The pioneers did not have trees to shade, for windbreaks, as a fuel source and wood for building material. 

To encourage the pioneers to plant trees, Julius Sterling Morton wanted to mark a day in the calendar to celebrate the importance of trees. He wanted everyone to plant a tree on the specified day.

He presented this idea to the State Board of Agriculture. The State Board of Agriculture accepted his proposal and declared April 10th as Arbor Day

On the very first celebration of Arbor Day in Nebraska, more than one million trees were planted and Julius Sterling Morton came to be known as the Founder of Arbor Day.

Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April every year across countries.


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