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What's the DEAL with Arbor Day?

First Earth Day now Arbor Day!? It's been a busy week for nature!

Step away from your tree-planting ceremonies for a moment to learn the story behind this tree-happy holiday.

The first EVER Arbor Day was held in 1805 in a small Spanish village called Villanueva de la Sierra. The initiative was launched by a local priest who had a passion for trees and their beauty. He was "convinced of the importance of trees for health, hygiene, decoration, nature, environment and customs, [and decided] to plant trees [for] a festive air" (El Alma de los Árboles).

In the United States, the first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska by J. Sterling Morton. On this momentous day, an estimated one million trees were planted in the state of Nebraska. How TREEmendous!

Arbor Day is generally celebrated on the final Friday of April and encourages tree-planting, tree-hugging, and the like. You can thank the Arbor Day Foundation for helping continue this holiday with its mission "to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees".

So even if you don't plant a tree today, make sure to ROOT for these TREErific organism before the holiday LEAVES us (I'm such a SAP for puns)...HAPPY ARBOR DAY!

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