bardicman 50M
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3/30/2006 11:04 pm

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The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. It was the brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), a Nebraska journalist and politician originally from Michigan. Throughout his long and productive career, Morton worked to improve agricultural techniques in his adopted state and throughout the United States when he served as President Grover Cleveland's Secretary of Agriculture. But his most important legacy is Arbor Day.
Morton (photo, left) felt that Nebraska's landscape and economy would benefit from the wide-scale planting of trees. He set an example himself planting orchards, shade trees and wind breaks on his own farm and he urged his neighbours to follow suit. Morton's real opportunity, though, arrived when he became a member of Nebraska's state board of agriculture. He proposed that a special day be set aside dedicated to tree planting and increasing awareness of the importance of trees. Nebraska's 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, using April 22nd to coincide with Morton's birthday.

In the years following that first Arbor Day, Morton's idea spread beyond Nebraska with Kansas, Tennessee, Minnesota and Ohio all proclaiming their own Arbor Days. Today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day although the dates may vary in keeping with the local climate. At the federal level, in 1970, President Richard Nixon proclaimed the last Friday in April as National Arbor Day. Arbor Day is also now celebrated in other countries including Australia. Variations are celebrated as 'Greening Week' of Japan, 'The New Year's Days of Trees' in Israel, 'The Tree-loving Week' of Korea, 'The Reforestation Week' of Yugoslavia, 'The Students' Afforestation Day' of Iceland and 'The National Festival of Tree Planting' in India. Julius Sterling Morton would be proud. Sometimes one good idea can make a real difference.

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 neighbourhood. Are there any public areas where tree planting or tree maintenance might make a real difference to your community? Talk with your neighbours. Find out what their opinions are. And, oh yes, caressmewell, plant a tree.

I am not dead yet

jadedbabe78 106F

3/30/2006 11:12 pm

LOL...Arbor day.

I always forget about Arbor day!

Shit, is that now? lol

bardicman replies on 3/31/2006 7:02 am:
Everyday is Arbor day in my heart Jadey

Sister_Act_4_You 38F/38F

3/31/2006 12:54 am

uh oh...i skipped school last week and missed this assignment; can i copy someone's report?

p.s. seriously, though, i have always planted a tree each arbor day; my parents started this tradition a long time ago in our family.

bardicman replies on 3/31/2006 7:03 am:
The best report is always a copied one.

Fox4aKnight1 43F

3/31/2006 1:11 am

LMAO I saw the post before you changed it LOL fit in perfect LOL rotflmfao tooooooooooo cute LOL

bardicman replies on 3/31/2006 7:06 am:
Arbor day is no laughing matter Fox......

caressmewell 53F

3/31/2006 4:37 am

lol, too funny. I hope you linked this to my blog

bardicman replies on 3/31/2006 7:07 am:
I didnt link from your blog but I linked to it

WOOHOO NOW!!!! Happy Friday Caress !!!!!

Seriously_Real 48M

3/31/2006 5:08 am

Don't know about trees, but I do plan to get wood this Arbor Day.


bardicman replies on 3/31/2006 7:08 am:
A good root is important when growing wood, Seriously.

southrnpeach333 50F

3/31/2006 7:36 am

I am glad to see everyone is using the caleenders I sold them at the last get together.

Did someone mention pool sticks!?!

bardicman replies on 3/31/2006 7:51 am:
Peaches, when I think of pool sticks...
I think of you holding it,
Stroking it and caressing it,
bending over across the table,
looking at the balls,

Fox4aKnight1 43F

3/31/2006 9:41 am

Hmm I will haveto remember to bring the camera agin since we are talking billiard sticks again *snicker*

bardicman replies on 3/31/2006 12:02 pm:
Billyard sticks seem to be my new fetish.

SolarPowered0 67M
8018 posts
3/31/2006 11:55 am

I got nine acres of trees, surrounded by nine million acres of trees. I ain't plantin' any more damned trees! As for my neighbors? The closest one is 1/4 mile... and they got just as many trees as I do! And bugs are good. If it wasn't for the beetles killin' off the white fir, I'd have to cut live trees for firewood instead of standing deadwood.

See... that revisionist history crap is crap! Old Morton? He's a fake profiler! Johny Appleseed was out plantin' trees long before this buzzard showed up to pick that poor dude's bones clean and steal the glory!

Solar... (out of the clear blue of the Western Sky)

bardicman replies on 3/31/2006 12:03 pm:
Shut the hell up and just plant a damn tree

themisskrissy 56F
2302 posts
3/31/2006 3:48 pm

i don't know anything about arbor day.. about this time last year tho, i had a tree planted, with a memorial plaque in town, for my dad....

i live in a rain forest... and god knows those evil LOGGERS clear cut every thing in site, we still have gazillions of trees....

i imagine you know the same about victoria day....

themiss hugs trees and loggers!

Virtue Alone Ennobles

bardicman replies on 3/31/2006 4:14 pm:
I have planted the root to a Victoria in my day...

SolarPowered0 67M
8018 posts
3/31/2006 4:28 pm

That's cold, Bard. Not as cold as this freakin' snow fallin', but still cold. *LMAO* I ain't plantin' no damned trees - not even on Johny Appleseed Day ( which is a week from this comin' Tuesday, BTW! )


bardicman replies on 3/31/2006 6:13 pm:

You think thats cold.....

Damn I have writers block now.

LadytoPleaseYou 64F
5447 posts
3/31/2006 4:41 pm

Thanks for the info Bard. I am a tree lover. Those woodies are wonderful...

PENIS CHARMING....where are you?

bardicman replies on 3/31/2006 6:14 pm:
Hey, Ya gotta love the woodies....

LadytoPleaseYou 64F
5447 posts
3/31/2006 4:43 pm

Thanks for the info Bard. I am a tree lover. Those woodies are wonderful.

second posting....

PENIS CHARMING....where are you?

bardicman replies on 3/31/2006 6:14 pm:
Hey ya gotta love the woodies

LadytoPleaseYou 64F
5447 posts
3/31/2006 4:44 pm

damn it I knew it would post twice..this damn site sucks

PENIS CHARMING....where are you?

bardicman replies on 3/31/2006 6:15 pm:
Hey, this site sucks the woodies ya gotta love

kelly402005 52F

3/31/2006 8:16 pm

I'm helping caress, digging the hole for the tree.... You know, it's getting warmer, I'm out there!

bardicman replies on 3/31/2006 9:53 pm:
Wonderful weather today for sure.

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