Arbor day Friday
Kansas will celebrate Arbor Day on National Arbor Day, which is Friday.
The state tree of Kansas is the cottonwood, adopted in 1937. The tree is very common in the Midwest, and was often used for all types of tasks by the plains Native Americans and pioneers. Often the only sources for shade, these trees were used as meeting places on the flat prairie.
The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872, thanks to a resolution proposed by Nebraska City, Neb., resident J. Sterling Morton. Morton, a civic leader, agriculturist, and former newspaper editor, urged Nebraskans to "set aside one day to plant trees, both forest and fruit." The tree-planting holiday was so popular that by 1920, more than 45 states and U.S. territories annually celebrated Arbor Day. Today it is observed in all 50 states and in many countries around the world.
The National Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit environmental education organization, was established in 1972.
For more information, visit the Web site at arborday.org or call (402) 474-5655.