Arbor Day

The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska, and this first Arbor Day was an amazing success:
more than one million trees were planted. A second Arbor Day took place in 1884 and the young state made
it an annual legal holiday in 1885.

Today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day although the dates may vary in keeping with the local climate.
(State Arbor Days)  In Washington, Arbor Day is the second Wednesday in April.

For the homeowner, Arbor Day is an excellent opportunity to take stock of the trees on your
property and plan for the future. Inspect your trees. Note any broken branches or evidence of
disease or insect infestation. Think about how planting new trees might improve the look of your
property or provide wind or heat protection. Take a trip to your local nursery to see what's available
and to get new ideas. Walk around your neighborhood. Are there any public areas where tree
planting or tree maintenance might make a real difference to your community? 
Talk with your neighbors. Find out what their opinions are.  And, oh yes, plant a tree.


 From our sister organization -

Should the city sell the undeveloped Myers Parcels in southeastern West Seattle or, as
advocates have long urged, keep all
or part of the 30+-acre site as open space:

Here’s how to comment: E-mail Daniel Bretzke at or send
postal-mail comments to him via City of Seattle FAS, P.O. Box 94689, Seattle 98124-4689.

Or, The Seattle Green Spaces Coalition has launched an online petition asking city leaders not
to sell the land. You can sign it here.

Cass Turnbull
TreePAC/ PlantAmnesty