Are You Celebrating Trees Today?

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Happy Arbor Day! This year Arbor Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 28, 2023 in Ohio. 


Flowering Dogwood
Photo Credit: Amy Stone, OSU Extension, Lucas County


A Little Arbor Day History! 


A Nebraska newspaper editor and resident of Nebraska City, NE, J. Sterling Morton, had a passion for trees and advocated for them to be planted by everyone - individuals and groups. After becaming secretary of the Nebraska Territory, he used that position to continue to spread the tree message highlighting the value and importance of trees.


On January 4, 1872, Morton first proposed a tree planting holiday to be called “Arbor Day” at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture. Go trees! 


To learn more about the history and the Arbor Day Foundation, check out the website at:


In Ohio, celebrations often include a ceremonial tree planting. Muncipalities, schools, and other groups and organizations celebrate this special day devoted to trees. If you are celebrating Arbor Day and snap a photo or few, please email those to Amy Stone at for a possbile follow-up BYGL Alert - All Things Arbor Day! 


Redbud, Rising Sun
Photo Credit: Amy Stone, OSU Extension - Lucas County



Photo Credit: Amy Stone, OSU Extension - Lucas County



Lucas the Gnome helping planting trees on Arbor Day
Photo Credit: Amy Stone, OSU Extension - Lucas County