Celebrating Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, it's celebrated on the last Friday in April.  It’s a great day to get outside to plant a tree or learn about the many valuable assets that trees provide us. The list of the benefits of trees can go on and on- oxygen, shade, beauty, wood products, homes for animals etc…. This year, the weather couldn’t have been better.

I was lucky enough to spend the day with the kids of Hawley Environmental School.   We set up shop next to the shade of a large hackberry tree and talked about trees. We talked about our favorite types of trees.  The kids’ two most popular choices were apple trees and weeping willow trees.   We discussed how to keep trees healthy, what activities are bad and can damage trees, and finally I did a tree climbing demonstration to show the kids how an arborist climbs and works safely in trees.   This was the most exciting part of the day.

It was really great to see the kids get excited about trees.  In our fast paced world, with electronic technology all around us, it is easy to forget sometimes how important and wonderful trees really are.  Our world needs trees, and hopefully the enthusiasm of Arbor Day 2010 will carry over into a lifetime of appreciation of trees.

August Hoppe

Certified Arborist WI-0477A

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