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April 07, 1999

Why do we have Arbor Day?

According to the National Arbor Day Foundation based in Nebraska City, Neb., the first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska in 1872, in response to a state proclamation urging settlers and homesteaders to plant trees that would provide shade, shelter, fruit, fuel and beauty for residents of the largely treeless plains.

The Arbor Day idea was promoted by Julius Sterling Morton, an editor of the Nebraska City News.

Now, Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and tree care.

Celebrations are held in communities all over America, with the date determined by the best tree planting times in each area.

In Maryland, Arbor Day is celebrated on the first Wednesday in April, which is today.

In West Virginia, Arbor Day is celebrated on the second Friday in April, which this year is April 9.

In Pennsylvania, Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April.

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