Getting Involved During National Arbor Day

April 26th, 2024
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National Arbor Day, observed annually on the last Friday of April, is a pivotal reminder of trees’ crucial role in the larger ecosystem. It’s a call to appreciate the trees that enrich humanity’s lives, understand the threats trees face, and actively participate in preserving and propagating trees.


A Rooted History

The story of National Arbor Day begins in 1872 with a passionate journalist and politician, J. Sterling Morton. Witnessing the barren plains of Nebraska, Morton envisioned a greener future and proposed a dedicated day for tree planting. On April 10th of that year, over one million trees were planted across Nebraska, marking the first-ever Arbor Day celebration. This remarkable event sparked a movement that would eventually spread across the United States and inspire similar observances in over 30 countries

Arbor Day serves as a reminder of the importance of trees in humanity’s lives and ecosystems. Trees are essential for purifying the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. They also provide habitat for countless species of plants and animals and help mitigate the impacts of climate change by sequestering carbon and reducing soil erosion.

Beyond their ecological benefits, trees contribute to the well-being of communities by providing shade and reducing energy costs. Studies have even shown that spending time in green spaces, such as parks and forests, can have positive effects on mental health and overall quality of life.


How to Get Involved 

National Arbor Day presents an excellent opportunity for individuals to roll up their sleeves and participate in tree planting and conservation activities. Here are some ways to contribute:


Plant a Tree

Gather friends, family, or colleagues and organize a tree-planting event. Choose native tree species well-suited to the local climate and soil conditions. Be sure to follow proper planting techniques to ensure the tree’s long-term health and survival.


Volunteer with Tree Planting Organizations

Many environmental organizations and local governments host tree-planting events on Arbor Day. Check with local parks and recreation departments or environmental nonprofits to find opportunities to volunteer.


Educate Others

Use Arbor Day to raise awareness about the importance of trees and the threats they face, such as deforestation and climate change. 


Support Tree Conservation Efforts

Consider donating to organizations dedicated to protecting forests and promoting sustainable forestry practices. Contributing can help fund tree-planting initiatives, conservation projects, and environmental education programs.


Celebrate Trees

Take time out to appreciate trees. Spend time outdoors, go for a hike, or sit beneath the shade of a tree and soak in its beauty.

National Arbor Day is a time to celebrate the beauty and importance of trees while working to protect them. From planting trees to advocating for environmental policies, each action taken has the power to make a difference. Tree conservation is a collective effort—take time today to give back to the environment

Environmentalism is like planting a tree—you start with the seeds. And, over time, with nurturing and care, the tree will grow, blossoming into a beautiful reminder of how small actions can grow into a force of nature.

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Iyon Baker

Iyon is a curious, creative NC native and Chapel Hill alum who is always eager to embark on new adventures that provide more skills. With a background in advertising, public relations, digital marketing, and fine arts, she uses her skills for copywriting and brand storytelling. Her professional journey has led her to diverse projects that taught her to embrace challenges and adapt to any situation. In her leisure time, Iyon enjoys gardening, knitting, and traveling.

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