More than one-million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day in 1872. The tradition continues today as many schools and communities hold tree planting ceremonies in honor of the day.
Anthony Marek is the director of communications for the Arbor Day Foundation says the world is a better place because of trees and they are part of the solution to many problems on this planet today.
Marek says, “Hunger. If people planted fruit and nut trees we would have food from those trees. Energy costs. The right tree in the right place around the home can provide shade on hot summer days and also insulate during the winter. Storm run-off. There are a lot of municipalities around the world and around the United States that are finding out instead of building new storm sewers that if the strategically plant trees around town those trees are absorbing the storm water and you have less run-off.”
Marek says spring is the busy season at the Arbor Day Farm. He says they will ship 1.7 million trees to members and non-members around the country this year. The Arbor Day Foundation also sponsors several programs from Tree City USA where they help communities improve their forestry program to the Community Tree Recovery where they replant trees hit by natural disasters.
Marek also reminds Nebraskans they have a wealth of information regarding tree varieties, selecting which tree is best for your location and purchase trees from their nursery.
For more information log on to arbordayfoundation.org.