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Arbor Day

2014 Arbor Day in Cando NDWhat is Arbor Day?

Arbor Day is celebrated annually to recognize the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care.  Celebrations are held all around the world, as the tree has appeared throughout history and literature as the symbol of life.  As a formal holiday, Arbor Day was first observed in Nebraska in 1872, thanks to the efforts of tree enthusiast J. Sterling Morton.

When is Arbor Day?

National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April.  In addition, every state has an official State Arbor Day, celebrated on a date appropriate for tree planting in that region.  In North Dakota, the first Friday in May is the designated date, and the entire month of May is designated as Arbor Month.  But Arbor Day can be celebrated any time!  Having an Arbor Day observance and proclamation is one of the four program standards of Tree City USA.  Each Tree City USA community celebrates an annual Arbor Day on a day that appropriately represents that community.

For more information on Arbor Day, visit the Arbor Day FoundationArbor Day Image

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