Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Arbor Day!


By Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at G-d all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only G-d can make a tree.

Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, Nebraska. By the 1920s, each state in the United States had passed public laws that stipulated a certain day to be Arbor Day or Arbor and Bird Day observance.

The national holiday is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April; in Nebraska, it is a civic holiday. Each state celebrates its own state holiday. The customary observance is to plant a tree. On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted.

Unlike Earth Day, Arbor Day doesn't foster the belief in our children that the Human Race (Specifically white people of European decent.) are to blame for all the evils done to this world.  Instead it encourages all people to plant trees to help the environment, your community, and to build a good habitat for wildlife.

All that and feeling good too.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a good place to start.  They  are an excellent resource on the best species sub-species of trees to plant in your area.



Jenn Sierra said...

Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing, and Happy Arbor Day!


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