Celebrating Arbor Day in Oregon

 Residents of Oregon will celebrate Arbor Day 2008 during the week of April 7-12. While National Arbor Day is held on the last Friday in April, Oregon, similar to several other states, observes the holiday at a time best suited to its growing season.

In Eagle Point, Arbor Day will be celebrated this Thursday, April 10 at
10 a.m. at Nova Park, near Campus Life.  Forester Lee Winslow will make
a presentation to the city. That will be followed by the planting of
two trees to replace two Dogwoods that died. This will be done by fifth
grade classes. Following the celebration, there will be refreshments
across the street  at the Ashpole Center at the north end of city hall.

Oregon has 45 Tree City USA communities. Tree City USA is
sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the U.S.
Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, and was
established to recognize communities that are committed to its trees.
More than 120 million Americans live in a Tree City USA community. To
see a list of Tree City USA communities, go to
www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA.cfm.
          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, Arbor Day is observed in all 50 states and in many
countries around the world.
         
The Douglas fir,
Pseudotsuga menziesii, was adopted as Oregon’s state tree in 1939.
Known for its great strength and size, the national champion of Douglas
firs grows in Coos County, and is 329 feet tall. Second in size only to
the sequoias, the Douglas fir helped settle the West as it was crucial
in supplying wood for the railroad ties and telephone and telegraph
poles. In World War II, the wood of the Douglas fir was used for
everything from GI’s foot lockers to portable huts. Its wood was even
used to repair the masts of "Old Ironsides," the USS Constitution.
         
The
Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of nearly
one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant,
nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and
its programs or ways to celebrate Arbor Day can be found at
www.arborday.org.

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