Preparing for Arbor Day

Arbor Day, from the Latin arbor, meaning tree, is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. The date varies depending on the climate and planting seasons.

The first American Arbor Day was originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska by J. Sterling Morton on April 10, 1872. According to the Florida Forest Service, Florida has one of the oldest Arbor Day celebration in the nation having celebrated it on the third Friday in January since 1886. Florida is currently home to a record-breaking 179 Tree City USA communities, ranking fourth in the nation.  Tree City USA communities are recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for their proactive effort to manage and expand public trees, which help moderate temperature extremes, reduce storm water runoff and absorb air pollutants.

In an effort to embrace the passion for positive change in our communities, GFWC International President Mary Ellen Brock has created the 7 Grand Initiatives for her 2018-2020 Administration. One of the Initiatives is that GFWC members plant 1000 trees on Arbor Day. Let’s work together to plant 1000 trees on Arbor Day in Florida~!

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