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History of Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a day to encourage every people and groups to plant trees and to take care of them. The word Arbor originated from the Latin and it means tree. The origin of this day was in Nebraska City, Nebraska, United States and now this day is a holiday and it is being celebrated in a number of countries. The founder of the Arbor Day was J. Sterling Morton from Detroit, in the year 1872. National Arbor Day is celebrated in the United States on the last Friday in the month of April.

The founder of this day J. Sterling and his wife loved nature so much, and the home which was established by them in Nebraska was planted fully with trees, shrubs and flower plants all around. Morton was a journalist and also the editor of Nebraska's newspaper. He spread his thoughts and information about agriculture through the newspaper. He not only supported the planting of trees, but he also encouraged many civic organizations and groups to join hands with him.

The first tree-planting holiday or the Arbor Day was proposed by Morton at a meeting conducted by State Board of Agriculture on April 10, 1872. On that day awards and prizes were declared to be given to the counties and individuals for proper plantation and maintenance of large number of trees. According to record, more than one million trees were planted on the first Arbor Day celebrated in Nebraska.

Arbor Day is considered as an excellent day that provides the opportunity to take care of the trees to raise a pollution free healthy future. This day makes people to think about the ways in which new trees can be planted and the ways to improve the look of the living environment. This day also gives a chance for people to discuss their thoughts and new ideas with their neighbors and it prompts everyone to plant at least one tree.

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:43:06 +0000

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