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Make a friend for life by planting a tree: Arbor Day 2014

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What is Arbor Day? When is Arbor Day? Where is Arbor Day celebrated? This article will fill you in on all kinds of Arbor Day information and hopefully help you have to have a better understanding of this culturally important day that is celebrated around the world.

What is Arbor Day?

Plain and simple, Arbor Day is an annual holiday that encourages people worldwide to plant and care for trees.

First American Arbor Day (According to Wikipedia) :

The first American Arbor Day was originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska, United States by J. Sterling Morton. On April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska.

Birdsey Northrop of Connecticut was responsible for globalizing it when he visited Japan in 1883 and delivered his Arbor Day and Village Improvement message. In that same year, the American Forestry Associationmade Northrop the Chairman of the committee to campaign for Arbor Day nationwide. He also brought his enthusiasm for Arbor Day to Australia, Canada and Europe.

When is Arbor Day?

The United States of America celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday in April. That means Arbor Day 2014 will be observed on April 25, 2014. Not all countries who celebrate Arbor Day observe it in the spring; the celebration is scheduled during a peak climate time that is prime for planting trees.

Where is Arbor Day celebrated?

Arbor Day is celebrated in forty (40) countries around the world. Within the Unites States, the observance and activities for Arbor Day is passed on to each individual state, as the climates and conditions vary throughout the country.

Here is a list of all forty countries that observe Arbor Day:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Central African Republic
  • Czech Republic
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Egypt
  • Germany
  • India
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Luxembourg
  • Republic of Macedonia
  • Malawi
  • Mexico
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Venezuela

Where can I find further information about Arbor Day?

Check out the Arbor Day Foundation. This organization was founded by John Rosenow in 1972 with the purpose of inspiring people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. One of the foundations most successful programs is Tree City USA. Is your town a Tree City USA Community? Find out here.

What will you do to celebrate the life of a tree this Arbor Day?

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