I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute Freedom and Wildness.
— Henry David Thoreau
On April 27, 2018, communities across the country will to come together to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. What is the origin of this celebration for this natural wonder?
Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), one of the earliest American conservationists, settled on the treeless plains of Nebraska in 1855, where he edited the Nebraska City News and developed a lifelong interest in new agricultural methods. Believing that the prairie needed more trees to serve as windbreaks, to hold moisture in the soil, and to provide lumber for housing, Morton began planting trees and urged his neighbors to do the same. On April 10, 1872, when he first proposed that a specific day be set aside for the planting of trees, the response was overwhelming: a million trees were planted in Nebraska on that day alone. Continue reading