If you live in the Conejo Valley, did you know that our local communities heavily promote environmentally friendly initiatives? Thousand Oaks, for example is certified as part of the “Tree City USA” program, created and operated by the Arbor Day Foundation. As part of the program, Thousand Oaks’ efforts include a tree board/department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and Arbor Day observation and proclamation.
For 2019, the 22nd annual Arbor Day celebration will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Grant R. Brimhall Library at 1401 E. Janss Rd., Thousnad Oaks. The celebration is designed for the whole family. It will include educational presentations, exhibitors, activities for the kids, plant sales, giveaways, a food truck, live music and more. You can learn more about Arbor Earth Day here.
The history of Arbor Day is fascinating — and the idea for it is not exactly new. It began with a pioneer — Julius Morton — who moved into the Nebraska Territory from Detroit in 1854. He and his wife, Caroline, were nature lovers. From Julius’ position as editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper, he pointed out to his fellow pioneers what was painfully obvious: the prairie did not offer much in the way of shade trees. So he began to promote planting trees for shade, as windbreaks, for fuel and for building material.
In 1872, a resolution by Morton to the State Board of agriculture was accepted, setting aside “one day to plant trees, both forest and fruit.” So, April 10, 1872 became Arbor Day. By 1920, more than 45 states and territorial possessions were celebrating Arbor Day. The celebration, moreover, doesn’t stop at our border: in Israel it’s called the New Year’s Day of the Trees, in Korea it’s Tree-Loving Week, in India it’s a National Festival of Tree Planting and so on.
Want to learn more about Arbor Day? Download the PDF. And come join the fun at Thousand Oaks Library on April 27!