A Cautionary Tale of Trees
by Bill Chameides | April 23rd, 2009
posted by Erica Rowell (Editor)
This tree, pictured in front of the Rathbone estate in Marietta, Ohio, was about 130 feet tall when the photo was taken in about 1931. (Forest History Society)
About 137 years ago the first Arbor Day was held in Nebraska. The idea to set aside a special day for planting trees and educating folks about the importance of trees sprang from Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), a Nebraska journalist cum politician.
In 1885 Nebraska chose April 22, Morton’s birthday, for the date of its newly minted annual holiday. Over the years, Arbor Day grew from its single-state beginnings into a holiday recognized by all the states in the union. In 1970, President Nixon set aside the last Friday in April as National Arbor Day (more on Arbor Day).
So in honor of the holiday, which technically falls on Friday, The Green Grok brings you the story of three American trees.
And don’t forget to wish people Happy Arbor Day (and Earth Day too).
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