Friday, April 24, 2009

Happy Arbor Day!
The original Earth Day!

Happy Arbor Day Everyone! Now go plant a tree. This holiday is one of our oldest having started back in 1872-the same year that America created the first national park (Yellowstone) and gave that concept to the world. Arbor Day originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska (I actually have been there!) where planting trees on the prairie was looked at favorably during those homesteading times. If you live in Nebraska you get to take the day off from work today as it is a state holiday! The rest of you -when you get out of work- go hug a tree-plant one- and appreciate them for their beauty, utility and importance to ecological balance. Happy Arbor Day! The original tree-hugging holiday!

(photo- Shagbark hickory -one of my favorite trees. This one grows proudly in the Great Bay NWR in southern NH)

1 comment:

Aaron said...

Unfortunately, we don't get the day off in Nebraska. It is a state holiday but I had to work today...even government workers did. Hooray for Arbor Day!!