Happy Arbor Day: Celebrate Importance of Trees on April 27
In Michigan Arbor Week is the last week in April and Arbor Day is the last Friday of that week. Looking for a way to celebrate? You could go for a walk in the woods or even plant your own tree. If you're looking to attend a celebration there are over 115 communities in Michigan that hold the "Tree City USA" title and hold a celebration every year. Check the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Community Calendar for Arbor Day Celebrations & Tree Events.
According to the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, the first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. Michigander J. Sterling Morton, a pioneer and journalist, championed the idea of a "tree planting" holiday in the Nebraska Territory. Morton became the editor of Nebraska's first newspaper and used that forum to spread agricultural information and the need for trees. On January 4, 1872 Morton proposed an April tree planting holiday to the State Board of Agriculture advocating tree planting by individuals and by civic organizations for the public good. Prizes were offered to counties and individuals for properly planting the most trees. It is estimated that Nebraskans planted over 1 million trees that first Arbor Day.
The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a coalition of organizations dedicated to the celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan whose dedication comes from a belief in the importance of trees and their role in community health and well-being. For more information contact miarbordayalliance.org