Did you know that the first-ever Arbor Day was celebrated way back in 1805? And that it was actually a Spanish town that was the first to celebrate it?
Today, we’re pleased that the tradition continues on. It was Nebraska City, Nebraska that first decided to celebrate it in the United States; but ever since that day, April 10 in 1872, trees have been planted across America in honor of Arbor Day. (That first year in Nebraska, the citizens allegedly planted 1 million trees in a single day.)
Trees do so much for our environment. Sure, they clean the air, but they provide shade and joy, a sense of peace and generosity. You know it’s true. So how about if, on Arbor Day, we do more than just plant trees? How about if we also make a pledge to save a tree, either by buying something made of reclaimed wood (hint, hint) or maybe trying something new, like paper made of hemp or even stone* instead of the old standby?
Arbor Day is April 24 this year. You can learn more about celebrations local to you by visiting the National Arbor Day Foundation web site, but really, every day can be Arbor Day so long as you’re thinking about the good that trees do us–and how to save them. And if you live in California, like we do, and you’re worried about the drought and what planting trees might do for our water situation, you can learn more about drought-resistant trees here.
*There’s some question about whether or not stone paper is really better for the environment, as it’s made with HDPE. This may be a better fit for projects you’d like to be permanent, as opposed to scrap paper.