April is for Arbor Day and Earth Day


Posted by justtracy | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 14-04-2013

Happy April!  Happy Earth Day!  Happy Arbor Day!

Are we happy yet?

Earth Day is always on April 22.  From www.earthday.org: “Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.  The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”  For more information on their programs and events in your area visit the website.

National Arbor Day is always the last Friday of April.  So in 2013, that will be April 26.  However, may states observe their own Arbor Day on different dates based on the best time to plant trees.  You can visit www.arborday.org/arborday for official dates for each state and more information on resources and programs from Arbor Day.

And for some history on Arbor Day, see www.arbor-day.net:  “The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. It was the brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), a Nebraska journalist and politician originally from Michigan.  Throughout his long and productive career, Morton worked to improve agricultural techniques in his adopted state and throughout the United States when he served as President Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of Agriculture. But his most important legacy is Arbor Day.”

In the month of April, perform an act of kindness to the environment and either plant or hug a tree!  They do more for us than many realize.



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