Arbor Day

“Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.”
- J. Sterling Morton

The Spanish village of Mondoñedo held the first documented arbor plantation festival in the world organized by its mayor in 1594.

The celebration of Arbor Day had its beginnings in America in an area not associated with trees or forests—the Great Plains. J. Sterling Morton moved to Nebraska in 1854 with his wife Caroline. Being devoid of trees, J. Sterling endeavored to encourage tree planting in order to attract people to the state. He did that first as Editor of Nebraska City News, and then as President of the Agricultural Board. In 1872, he proposed that the state declare April 10 as Arbor Day, and his proposal was accepted. On that day in 1872, it is said that Nebraskans planted one million trees.

In 1885, Nebraska declared J. Sterling Morton's birthday, April 22, as Arbor Day
and made it a legal holiday. Today, all 50 states, as well as many countries around
the world, recognize Arbor Day in some manner. The day on which it is observed
varies by region, depending on the best time of year to plant trees.

Some benefits of Trees are:

Find out more about Arbor Day here.