We all love the glitz of Christmas, the sweets of Valentine Day, and the colorfulness of Easter, but there are no gifts, candy, or other festivities associated with Arbor Day. Celebrated the last Friday of April, it may be a lesser known “holiday,” but the meaning of Arbor Day is essential to life. Arbor is Latin for tree. The first American Arbor Day was established in Nebraska City, Nebraska, United States by J. Sterling Morton in 1872.
One of the worst things that has happened in the last 20+ years is the mass cutting of forests in Brazil and other parts of the world. Trees help keep our air clean, and when they are lost, so is this natural air purifier. Growing up in Maine, I thought every state had trees. We are the most treed state in the US — 96% of our ground has trees — pine, maple, oak, and so many more. T
ake a few moments today to commit yourself to planting a tree. I do it as a reminder of a lost loved one.
There are many types of trees. What is your favorite tree?