Friday April 28, 2017
“…all the people strive on Arbor Day to plant many, many trees, both forest and fruit. May the day and the observance thereof be cherished in every household, and its name and fruits become as a shower of blessing to the long lines of generations who shall succeed us.” J. Sterling Morton, Founder of Arbor Day
Arbor Day was first observed in 1872 in Nebraska. J. Sterling Morton, a lover of nature, submitted a resolution to the State Board of Agriculture ‘to set aside one day to plant trees, both forest and fruit.’ On the first Arbor Day, over one million trees were planted in Nebraska. After that, J. Sterling Morton became known as the ‘Founder of Arbor Day’.
Other states followed Nebraska’s lead and passed legislation to observe Arbor Day annually. Today, all fifty states celebrate Arbor Day.
For more information, visit the City's Arbor Day page.