Profile America -- Friday, April 29th. When J. Sterling Morton moved to Nebraska in 1872, he immediately missed the shade trees of Michigan. So, he set out to do something about it. His action led to the first Arbor Day, in which the people of Nebraska planted over a million trees. Today is once again the annual observance of Arbor Day. In many parts of the country, school classes, civic groups and everyday folks will plant trees. Some will be planted in elaborate ceremonies, others in secluded backyards. All will beautify the landscape and make an investment in the future environment. In the U.S. today, there are just over 750 million acres of land are covered by forest, with close to 100 million acres in the national forest system. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 242
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 878
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