The first celebration of trees started in 1805 in a small village in Spain, this single event has branched across cultural boundaries and blossomed into an internationally celebrated event in the defense of the trees. Arbor Day is now celebrated in over 40 countries and known by a variety of names. However, it wasn’t until 1872 that it was first introduced to the United States and merely 100 years later that the Arbor Day Foundation was established. The Foundation works alongside the National Forest Service to replant lost forests and is responsible for planting over 20 million trees since 1990.
When I look at trees I see hope, optimism, history and so much more. They are so strong, rising as a sapling from the soil to the sun, from the forest floor to the canopy. They provide shade, food, shelter, homes and the air we depend upon. We depend on them so greatly for so much, don’t you think we owe it to Mother Nature to give back?
Will you plant a tree today?
Here are a few ways you can choose to give back to Mother Nature this Arbor Day:
- Plant a tree
- Donate to the Arbor Day Foundation
- Teach your children of the importance of flora
It doesn’t have to be Arbor Day to plant a tree… or two!