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This Arbor Day Presentation offers, Trees and more trees! WHY, because we need them!


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ARBOR DAY 2016 Presented by Omaha Create Share Promote


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For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. ~ Martin Luther




Arbor Day exists because of St erling Morton. Morton was born in Adams, New York, in 1832 , but his life took a decisive turn on his wedding day in October 1854. After he and his bride, Caroline Joy French were married in Detroit, they headed west for adventure in the wilds of Nebraska Territory. The couple settled on 160 treeless acres (the key word here is  treeless ). Despite having a busy career and four sons, Morton planted thousands of trees on the homestead he called the Morton “ranche.” He planted an apple orchard, as well as peach, plum and pear trees, plus cottonwoods, evergreens, beeches and more. Morton worked as a journalist and a politician, becoming secretary and acting governor of the Nebraska Territory from 1858 to 1861. In 1893, President Grover Cleveland appointed him U.S. secretary of agriculture. He also served on the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture and the State Horticultural Society. Morton took every opportunity he could to spread the word. He gave speeches and filled his newspaper with agricultural advice, urging Nebraskans to plant trees and try new crops.  In 1872, Morton declared: “If I had the power, I would compel every man in the State who had a home of his own to plant out and cultivate fruit trees.”    


When I was younger, I called them Tree huggers, Today, You can count me in!! Jeffrey Lynn Hines


Arbor Day was almost called Sylvan Day, which means “wooded.” Several members of the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture favored it, but Morton argued that  sylvan  refers only to forest trees and that the name Arbor Day was most inclusive, covering forest trees  and  fruit trees.  


If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. ~ Henry David Thoreau


McCreight and Theodore Roosevelt Beginning in 1906,  Pennsylvania  conservationist  Major Israel McCreight  of  DuBois, Pennsylvania , argued that President  Theodore Roosevelt ’s conservation speeches were limited to businessmen in the lumber industry and recommended a campaign of youth education and a national policy on conservation education. McCreight urged President Roosevelt to make a public statement to school children about trees and the destruction of American forests. Conservationist  Gifford Pinchot , Chief of the  United States Forest Service , embraced McCreight’s recommendations and asked the President to speak to the public school children of the United States about conservation. On April 15, 1907, Roosevelt issued an "Arbor Day Proclamation to the School Children of the United States" about the importance of trees and that forestry deserves to be taught in U.S. schools. Pinchot wrote McCreight, "we shall all be indebted to you for having made the suggestion."


The first American Arbor Day was originated in  Nebraska City, Nebraska ,  U.S. , by  J. Sterling Morton . On April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted in  Nebraska . Birdsey Northrop of  Connecticut  was responsible for globalizing it when he visited Japan in 1883 and delivered his Arbor Day and Village Improvement message. In that same year, the  American Forestry Association  made Northrop the Chairman of the committee to campaign for Arbor Day nationwide. He also brought his enthusiasm for Arbor Day to Australia, Canada, and Europe.


Trees are a big Part of our Life……..Let’s keep the Tree’s ALIVE!


WHAT CAN YOU DO? Your Community Your State Your Country Ask for and support more parks! Protect Trees in common areas! Encourage Green Belts! Educate your children about trees! Visit State Parks! Participate in Conservation programs! Tell your State Law Makers that you want FULL funding for preservation efforts Tell your elected officials you want more protected lands! Visit a National Park! Hold them accountable by voting!




Of all man’s works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

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