2007-04-27 / Community

Pheffer Pushes NY Arbor Day Proclamation

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer has announced that she has introduced a legislative resolution to have Governor Eliot Spitzer proclaim Friday, April 27 as Arbor Day in the State of New York.

"Arbor Day is a wonderful occasion to help our environment and for our communities to come together to plant and care for our trees that are so vital to our habitat and way of life," said Pheffer.

The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska as the brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraskan journalist and politician from Michigan. A second Arbor Day took place in 1884 and the young state made it an annual legal holiday in 1885.

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, and at the federal level, in 1970, President Richard Nixon proclaimed the last Friday in April as National Arbor Day.

Arbor Day is now celebrated in other countries including Australia, and variations are also celebrated in Japan as "Greening Week," Israel as "The New Year's Day of Trees," Korea as "Tree-loving Week," Yugoslavia as "The Reforestation Week," Iceland as "The Student's Afforestation Day" and "The National Festival of Tree Planting" in India.

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