Tree planting festivals are as old as civilization itself. Trees have appeared to be a symbol of life throughout literature and time. It has been over 135 years since Nebraska resident, J. Sterling Morton, founded Arbor Day, and his simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever with the threats of climate change at our door. Not only will the trees on Arbor Day help the fight against climate change, but they also have many other benefits for the environment and even for humans. Trees become the habitats and homes of many creatures and even prevent soil erosion and replenish the atmosphere with oxygen. It has even been shown that people with trees outside of their windows report feeling less stressed and more relaxed. Who knew our leafy friends could do so much?
If you are interested in learning more about arbor day or just trees in general, please check out the links below!
Arbor Day Official Website
Arbor Day Foundation Blog
McGregor, Marsha. “Advice on Arbor Day”. Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction 14.2 (2012): 115–117.
Van de Linden, Peter J. Forest and Shade Trees of Iowa. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1993.
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Peattie, Donald Culross. A Natural History of North American Trees. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
Call number: 582.16 P329 2007
Cohen, Shaul Ephraim. Planting Nature : Trees And The Manipulation Of Environmental Stewardship In America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 27 Apr. 2016.
Daily, Gretchen C., and Charles J. Katz. The Power Of Trees. San Antonio, Tex: Trinity University Press, 2012. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 27 Apr. 2016.