On January 4, 1871, J. Sterling Morton proposed a tree planting holiday called "Arbor Day" at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture. The date was set for April 10, 1872. Prizes were offered to counties and individuals for properly planting the largest number of trees on that day. It was estimated that more than One Million Trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.
Arbor Day was officially proclaimed on March 12, 1874, and the day itself was observed April 10, 1874. In 1885, Arbor Day was named a legal holiday in Nebraska and April 22, Morton's birthday, was selected as the date for its permanent observance. To find out more about Arbor Day's History, go to www.arborday.org.
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Tools and Resources
National Tree Benefit Calculator - Just type in your zip code and find out what kind of benefits a single tree provides in your location on an annual basis!
The Arbor Day Foundation - The Arbor Day Foundation offers a variety of programs and resources, such as the Tree City USA Program, the Right Tree, Right Place selection tool, Tree Hardiness Zones, and more.
Other important Orgainzations - Through networking, trainings, public policy, grants, and more, the following groups advocate urban forestry to improve the environment where 80% of Americans live and work: our cities and towns.