What is Arbor Day?


What does Arbor Day do to contribute to our society? Arbor day is celebrated annually on the last Friday in April. Many states celebrate Arbor Day on different dates depending on their best times to plant trees.
The purpose of Arbor Day is to plant more trees within the community. Arbor Day is like Earth Day in a way that they both celebrate nature. It was created to encourage people to plant trees, as they have a multitude of benefits for the environment, people, wildlife, and the community. They get rid of carbon dioxide, reduce noise within the city, grow fruit and nuts, and many other things. The holiday helps to bring awareness to conserve and protect trees and forests. Trees help to reduce the effects of climate change. They absorb carbon dioxide and remove and store the carbon and then release the oxygen back into the air.
In 1874, Arbor Day was officially proclaimed by Robert W. Furnas who was the Governor of Nebraska. It was observed on April 10th, in 1885, but was moved the day to April 22nd, in honor of Julius Morton’s birthday, the guy who came up with the idea of Arbor day. Once the day was approved, around 1 million trees were planted on the first Arbor Day. The day soon spread throughout many of the states and in 1970, President Richard Nixon proclaimed the last Friday of April as national Arbor day.