History of Arbor Day
There were an estimated one million trees planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day in 1872, when J. Sterling Morton, secretary of the Nebraska Territory, proposed a tree planting holiday to be named “Arbor Day.” In 1885, Arbor Day was made a legal state holiday in Nebraska, and by 1920, over 45 states and territories were celebrating Arbor Day. Today all 50 states and many countries around the world celebrate, with National Arbor Day being on the last Friday in April.
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