Arbor Day Comes Early to Norcross

Arbor Day is on the 27th of April in 2012 nationally. However, Arbor Day will be celebrated in Norcross on February 17th.


As part of Arbor Day celebration in Norcross, a young tree will be planted on city property near the city’s welcome center and winners of an Arbor Day poster contest at Norcross Elementary School will be presented with their awards. A speaker from the community will also be part of the celebration. This early celebration is scheduled to take advantage of the better planting conditions in February.


Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. It originated in Nebraska City, NE in the United States in 1872. J. Sterling Morton is the founder of Arbor Day. The first Arbor Day (from the Latin “arbor,” meaning tree) was held on April 10, 1872, and an estimated 1 million trees were planted that day.


In the U.S., the national holiday is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April; in Nebraska, it is a civic holiday. Each state celebrates its own state holiday. Many countries now observe a similar holiday. Though usually observed in spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.


Trees are an important component of the natural landscape because of their prevention of erosion and the provision of a weather-sheltered ecosystem in and under their foliage. They also play an important role in producing oxygen and reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as well as moderating ground temperatures.


They are also elements in landscaping and agriculture, both for their aesthetic appeal and their orchard crops (such as apples). Wood from trees is a building material, as well as a primary energy source in many developing countries. Trees also play a role in many of the world’s mythologies.

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