Friday, 28 April, 2017 marks the 145th celebration of Arbor Day, an observance first celebrated in the United States on 10 April 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. On that date, an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska.
A number of Arbor Day events are being planned throughout New England, including a tree planting ceremony in Wethersfield, CT (students will help plant a tree in a prominent location in the town); the City of Boston, MA, will have a tree maintenance event at Franklin Park during which arborists will prune and remove hazard trees in an effort to restore the park; presentations to second grade students in Needham, MA, about the importance of trees and Arbor Day (Following the talk, students and town officials will plant trees; each student will take a seedling home to plant.); and the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program is sponsoring the Vermont Arbor Day Conference, a one-day conference designed to give forestry professionals an opportunity to enhance technical skills, engage in urban forestry hot topics, and network with other professionals (The conference is open to anyone caring for tree canopies at the local level.).