Arbor Day Comes Early in Florida
|January 8, 2013||Posted by Melissa under Agriculture, Events|
Although the Ntional Arbor Day is celebrated the last Friday in April, in Florida we celebrate it on the third Friday in January. A number of states celebrate it on alternate dates according to the best schedule for planting trees in their regions.
According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, the first Arbor Day was held in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. Proponent J. Sterling Morton encouraged residents of the state to plant trees, and it is believed that more than one million trees were planted! The interesting history can be found here.
In Arbor Day celebrations around the country, many people choose to plant their state’s official tree. The state tree of Florida is the Sabal Palm. To find out more about how Floridians can celebrate, click on these links for the Florida Forest Service or National Arbor Day Foundation.