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April 2019 - 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).  
Alabama celebrates Arbor Week during the last week of February.
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.

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

How to Celebrate Arbor Day (Southern Group of State Foresters)

State Arbor Days (Arbor Day Foundation)

Tree and Nature Facts ( 

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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