Arbor Day, that annual celebration of trees, is this Friday, April 27. Odds are you haven’t done much to mark the occasion since your grade-school days, when you might have brought home a seedling in a milk carton or planted a tree on the playground – but there are so many meaningful ways to make an impact.
Arbor Day was first observed in Nebraska in 1872, which might come as a surprise since this state’s landscape is perhaps best known for wind-swept plains. At that time, the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture approved a resolution to set aside a day for tree planting, and went so far as to offer prizes for the most prolific county and individual.Reasons for planting trees at that time focused on economic benefits, aesthetic beauty, and even a rudimentary understanding of climate benefits. (more…)