Arbor Day

Arbor Day

J. Sterling Morton, a settler in the NebraskaTerritory, understood the need to plant trees on the prairie which was being turned into farmland. Trees provided shade, logs for the fire, lumber for buildings, and windbreaks. First Arbor Day Celebrated in Nebraska Morton planted orchards and shade trees on his farm. He asked his neighbors to plant trees on their property, too. Then Morton had a great idea. He wanted a special day devoted to planting trees. On April 10, 1872, America’s first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska. Over one million trees were planted. Annual Holiday in Nebraska In 1885, Nebraska made Arbor Day an annual event. Celebrated by All Fifty States People plant trees on Arbor Day. All fifty states celebrate Arbor Day, but on different...

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