Trask Middle School to host tree planting to celebrate National Arbor Day’s 150th Anniversary
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A collaborative tree planting and campus clean-up event will be held to mark the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day beginning 10 a.m. Friday at Trask Middle School.
Although Arbor Day is observed nationally on the last Friday in April each year, North Carolina celebrates it on the first Friday following March 15.
Trees are being donated to the school by Johnson’s Nursery and Alliance for Cape Fear Trees and student participants will receive Sawtooth Oak seedlings donated by the City of Wilmington to take home.
Multiple partners are involved. Parent volunteers and representatives from the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, Cape fear Garden Club, and Plastic Ocean Project will participate in the event alongside dignitaries from New Hanover County Parks and Gardens, New Hanover County school Board, and the New Hanover County Commission.
According to the North Carolina Agricultural Review, Arbor Day was established in 1872 as a tree-planting holiday. It was first observed in Nebraska and was celebrated by the planting of more than a million trees. Arbor Day quickly grew into a national holiday before transitioning to a day recognized by many countries across the globe.
“Trees clean our air, filter our water and are essential to wildlife habitats, which are benefits to all of us,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Planting trees is an easy way we can all contribute to the sustainable management and preservation of North Carolina’s forests for future generations.”
The recently updated North Carolina Forest Action Plan identified community involvement and participation in urban forestry recognition programs as a goal that is critical to sustaining healthy forest resources in the state.
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