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Spanish Moss on Live Oak

For the love of trees

Florida Arbor Day - Jan 19

Forest Trees

We LOVE trees and we know lots of you do as well.  Trees are crucial to the survival of our planet.  They remove CO2 and pollutants therefore reducing the “heat island effect”.  They also preserve soil by decreasing storm water run-off, and provide shade and shelter for many animals.  

The first Arbor Day took place in Nebraska on April 10, 1872.  J. Sterling Morton was secretary of the Nebraska Territory and a huge advocate for trees.  He proposed a tree holiday to encourage citizens and civic groups to plant them.  Prizes were awarded to individuals and counties for properly planting the most trees.  Over 1 million trees were planted on that first Arbor Day in Nebraska. Robert W. Furnas was the Nebraska Governor that officially proclaimed Arbor Day on April 10, 1874.  Arbor Day became a legal Nebraska state holiday in 1885, when it was decided that it would be observed annually on April 22. 

Arbor Day was celebrated in more than 45 states and territories by 1920.  Today all 50 states acknowledge the critical role trees play in our survival by recognizing the event.  Many states observe the holiday on the last Friday in April, but that date may vary depending on the best time to plant trees.  That is why Florida Arbor Day takes place on the third Friday in January.  This year it will be January 19, 2024. 

Keep Pasco Beautiful celebrated Arbor Day with a Native Tree giveaway!  Preregistration was required to receive a tree. We had 150 preregistrations for the trees, and because you all are so amazing we sold out!  The Tree Giveaway Button below lists the trees that were distributed along with descriptions.  We are thankful for our fellow tree huggers and encouraged you to continue planting trees wherever you can!

Not quite sure how to plant a tree?  We got you.  Click the button below for a guide that gives you all the info on how to plant your new tree baby and how to take care of it for years to come. 

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