WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) — A collaborative tree-planting and campus clean-up event will take place to mark the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day beginning at 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.
The trees are donated to the school by Johnson’s Nursery and Alliance for Cape Fear Trees and participating students will receive sawtooth oak seedlings donated by the City of Wilmington to take home.
Several partners are involved. Parent volunteers and representatives from the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, the Cape Fear Garden Club and the Plastic Ocean Project will participate in the event alongside dignitaries from New Hanover County Parks and Gardens, the County School Board of New Hanover 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 celebrated with the planting of over a million trees. Arbor Day quickly became a national holiday before becoming a day recognized by many countries around the world.
“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. »
North Carolina’s recently updated Forestry Action Plan identified community involvement and participation in urban forestry recognition programs as an essential goal in maintaining healthy forest resources in the state.
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