Arbor Day

Did you know that Arbor Day originated in Nebraska?  I’m sure you knew that, but since I am not a Nebraska Native, I was kind of fascinated to find out that fun fact.  So what is Arbor Day all about?



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Arbor Day started in Nebraska City in 1872 when it was decided that a day should be set aside to plant trees.  Julius Sterling Morton and his wife, Caroline, were pioneers for Arbor Day.  They were nature lovers and through the local newspaper, Mr. Morton spread information about environmental stewardship.  This eventually led to the creation of Arbor Day.  In Nebraska, we celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday of April, which is the 29th this year.

Here are some fun facts about trees:

  • Trees remove pollution from the atmosphere, improving air quality and human health.
    U.S. Forest Service, 2013
  • Office workers with a view of trees report significantly less stress and more satisfaction.
    Chungbuk National University, South Korea, 2007
  •  One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people.
    North Carolina State University
  • Trees lower surface and air temperatures by providing shade. Shaded surfaces may be 20–45°F cooler than the peak temperatures of unshaded materials.
    U.S. EPA
  • Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air.
    • In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced by a car driven 26,000 miles.
  • Trees provide vital wildlife habitat.
    U.S. Forest Service, 2010

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