Happy National Arbor Day, Dahlgren!
April 28, 2017
Today is Arbor Day, and that means that it's a great time to celebrate the beautiful trees that make the world so green and lush. Here's a little bit about the history of Arbor Day and it's importance in our modern world.
- The first Arbor Day in the world took place in the Spanish village of Mondoñedo in 1594.
- In America, the first documented Arbor Day celebration was organized in Nebraska City, Nebraska, by J. Sterling Morton on April 10, 1872. On this day, approximately one million trees were planted throughout the state.
- The person responsible for spreading Arbor Day throughout the country and the world was Birdsey Northrop of Connecticut. He delivered his Arbor Day and Village Improvement message when he visited Japan in 1883, and that same year, the American Forestry Association made him the Chairman of the committee to campaign for Arbor Day nationwide.
- In 1906, when President Theodore Roosevelt was giving speeches about the importance of Arbor Day, a conservationalist from Pennsylvania named Major Israel McCreight argued that these speeches were targeting only men in the lumber industry. He encouraged the President to target children with youth education programs detailing the negative aspects of destroying our national forests.
- On April 15, 1907, Roosevelt gave the "Arbor Day Proclamation to the School Children of the United States."
- By the 1920s, every state had passed public laws marked off certain days for celebrating Arbor Day or Arbor and Bird Day.