Pining for some outdoor time this Spring? Join in the merriment of Arbor Day on the Eastern Shore!
For those of you who may not know, Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. Today, many countries observe such a holiday. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.
Arbor Day was founded by an upstate New Yorker, Julius Sterling Morton. It all began when he moved to Nebraska onto a 160 acre plot of treeless land, which he found quite favorable to farming. Morton then recalled the protection that trees and shrubs had given the property of his youth. This is what ultimately sparked his conservation measures which eventually gave way to proclaiming the world’s first Arbor Day on January 4, 1872. For it’s early initiatives in tree planting, Nebraska became known as the “Tree Planters State.”
Many of us have grown up with the common knowledge that trees are imperative to the circle of life. They not only filter and produce the oxygen that we need to breathe but also reduce the erosion and pollution of our waterways by deterring stormwater runoff. This is why it is imperative that we care for them and replenish their supply in the developing world.
In Maryland, Arbor Day is typically celebrated on the first Wednesday in April. However, there is still plenty of spring left to go. Planting trees is one way that everyone can contribute to a shared vision of protecting our planet.
For those of you who wish to participate in planting- the White Oak, Bald Cypress, and Loblolly Pine trees are most commonly found in our region. You can either plant them yourself or through programs provided by the Department of Natural Resources or simply buy one in honor of someone. Other ways to contribute include volunteering or joining a conservation organization. Everyday you plant or appreciate a tree is Arbor Day! For more forestry facts about Maryland visit http://dnr.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/mdfacts.aspx.