Did you miss it? Squeezed in-between the daylight savings time change and the NCAA basketball tournament was a very important day to Arkansans: Arbor Day.
It’s a day to celebrate the planting of trees, a cherished resource in the natural state. Arbor Day is celebrated the third Monday in March.
Started by a Nebraskan journalist in 1872, the day set aside to celebrate turning seedlings into these magnificent wonders is now held around the world. In Arkansas, the Arbor Day Foundation and the Arkansas Forestry Commission work together in communities and schools providing educational services and programs concerning trees.
A million residents now enjoy the benefits of one of those programs called Tree City USA. More than 50 Arkansas towns and cities have met the standards to become a Tree City Community, which among other things requires a town to set aside two dollars per capita to promote healthy trees and requires a public tree care ordinance.
There are many valuable qualities that trees bring beyond beauty. Learn more in this video short.