The Richmond Observer – NC Forest Service celebrates Arbor Day and the importance of planting trees

RALEIGH — This year marks the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, and its significance is just as relevant today as when it was first recognized.

Established in 1872 as a tree planting holiday, Arbor Day was first observed in Nebraska and was celebrated with the planting of over one million trees. Arbor Day quickly became a national holiday before becoming a day recognized by many countries around the world.

The national Arbor Day celebration is held on the last Friday in April each year. North Carolina observes Arbor Day on the first Friday following March 15. This year, North Carolina Arbor Day is March 18.

“Trees clean our air, filter our water and are essential for wildlife habitat, which benefits us all,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Planting trees is a simple way to help sustainably manage and preserve North Carolina’s forests for future generations. »

One of the goals identified in the recently updated North Carolina Forestry Action Plan is to conserve and improve the sustainable management of urban forests. Tree planting and responsible management of urban forests at the local level, including community involvement and participation in urban forestry recognition programs, are essential to maintaining healthy forest resources in North Carolina.

North Carolina is fortunate to have a variety of state forest programs that protect forest resources by supporting landowners and communities in tree planting, site preparation and forest improvement, a said David Lane, state forester. Among these are cost-shared programs such as the Forestry Development Program and the Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program, both operated by the North Carolina Forest Service. The NCFS Urban and Community Forestry Program also oversees the application and award process for Tree City USA, Tree Campus Higher Education, and Tree Line USA.

To learn more about NC Forest Service urban and community forestry programs and services, go to Learn more about the updated North Carolina Forest Action Plan at

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