The Arbor Day Foundation has designated Chipley as one of several cities with the title of "Tree City USA."
More than 100 Northwest Florida students did their part to make their hometown "greener."
Youngsters from the fifth grade at Kate Smith Elementary School used their "green thumbs" to plant trees at Chipley's Falling Waters State Recreation Park.
The program involves planting oaks, maples and other vegetation native to the area.
Since Arboy Day Observances vary from state to state, Alabama will have its Arbor Day activities during the last week in February.
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History of Arbor Day
- The idea for Arbor Day originally came from Nebraska.
- The lack of trees in Nebraska eventually led to the founding of Arbor Day in the 1800s.
- Among pioneers moving into the Nebraska Territory in 1854 was J. Sterling Morton from Detroit. He and his wife were lovers of nature, and the home they established in Nebraska was quickly planted with trees, shrubs, and flowers.
- Morton was a journalist, and through his works he spread agricultural information and his enthusiasm for trees to an equally enthusiastic audience.
- His fellow pioneers missed their trees. But, more importantly, trees were needed as windbreaks to keep soil in place, for fuel and building materials, and for shade from the hot sun.
- On January 4, 1872, Morton first proposed a tree-planting holiday to be called "Arbor Day" at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture. The date was set for April 10, 1872.
- It was estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.
- In 1885, Arbor Day was named a legal holiday in Nebraska and April 22, Morton's birthday, was selected as the date for its permanent observance.
- During the 1870s, other states passed legislation to observe Arbor Day, and the tradition began in schools nationwide in 1882.
Source: http://www.arborday.org/index.html (The National Arbor Day Foundation Web Site)