CUSTER COUNTY–Today marks the 148th anniversary of Arbor Day: a day to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.
Information/Education Coordinator Larry Schultz with the Lower Loup Natural Resource District (LLNRD) said this week Nebraskans are encouraged to celebrate big holiday events such as Earth Day which was April 22, and Arbor Day on April 26.
“Arbor Day, the holiday born here in Nebraska, will celebrate 147 years thanks to J. Sterling Morton, the man who is the father of Arbor Day. J. Sterling Morton came up with the idea. Today, Nebraska’s NRDs carry forth his goals of planting trees for a variety of purposes from one end of the state to the other,” Schultz said.
Arbor Day originated in Nebraska City in 1872 in which Julius Sterling Morton helped spread the word of the importance of agriculture and the need for trees on the Nebraska prairie. More than one million trees were planted on the first Arbor Day.
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, the holiday reflects hope for the future.
“The trees planted on Arbor Day show a concern for future generations. The simple act of planting a tree represents a belief that the tree will grow and, some day, provide wood products, wildlife habitat, erosion control, shelter from the wind and sun, beauty, and inspiration for ourselves and our children,” the website states.
During a Broken Bow City Council meeting on Tuesday, Mayor Berghorst read the Arbor Day Proclamation which it stated April 26 would be proclaimed as Arbor Day. The proclamation urged citizens to “plant trees to gladden the hearts and promote the well-being of present and future generations.”