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N.C. Forest Service celebrates the importance of Arbor Day

RALEIGH – North Carolina Arbor Day will be observed March 22 to commemorate the annual tree-planting holiday that dates to 1872.

“Tree planting is a natural and simple solution to many challenges that we face each year in North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “We are fortunate to have a variety of state forestry programs that protect forest resources by supporting landowners and communities with tree planting, site preparation and forest improvement.”

Forestry programs and resources include cost-share programs such as the Forest Development Program and the Urban and Community Forestry Financial Assistance Program, both managed by the N.C. 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.

Planting trees and responsible urban forest management at the local level including community involvement and participation in urban forestry recognition programs are critical to sustaining healthy forest resources in North Carolina.

“Communities all across the state are holding Arbor Day celebrations,” said David Lane, state forester. “I encourage everyone to contact your local municipality to be a part of their celebration as an attendee, participant or even an organizer.”

Once deemed “the treeless plain,” Nebraska was home to the first Arbor Day celebration in 1872 with the planting of more than a million trees. North Carolina observes Arbor Day the first Friday following March 15, while National Arbor Day is held the last Friday in April each year.

N.C. Forest Service staff are positioned to help landowners manage their woods and communities manage their urban forest. NCFS county staff are also available to assist with developing Arbor Day celebrations and Tree City USA, Tree Campus Higher Education and Tree Line USA awards during community celebrations.

Find your county ranger’s contact information at www.ncforestservice.gov/contacts. Learn more about the N.C. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program.

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