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April 2016 - What's Happening @ LWLC: Arbor Day

Arbor Day

National Arbor Day is currently celebrated on the last Friday of April in most U.S. states. Alabama considers the last full week of February to be Arbor Day. This is due to matching the date with the best times to plant a tree, a customary Arbor Day activity.
The first Arbor Day was held in 1805 in Villaneuva de la Sierra in Spain to celebrate the importance of trees and nature. The first Arbor Day in the United States was held on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. On April 15, 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt issued an "Arbor Day Proclamation to the School Children of the United States". Arbor Day has therefore been considered an April holiday. Like the United States, many countries have days similar to Arbor Day but they are known by different names and fall on different dates (list per Wikipedia).  
Image: Burton Public Library
Websites with more information:

Arbor Day Foundation - This organization's website has links including descriptions of types of trees and companies helping the environment.

Celebrating Arbor Day (Alabama Forestry Commission)

Fascinating Tree Facts ( 

Go Plant a Tree! 5 Odd Facts about Arbor Day (

State Arbor Days (

U.S. Forest Service

Text ed: NF

Books & E-books

Some books and e-books in our collection related to trees include (selections: NF) :

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