Celebrate Arbor Day 2012!

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

Contact Information:                                                              Phone:            (517) 543-5848 x 5

Jennifer Hunnell                                                                                Email:  miarborday@gmail.com

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance                                      Website:  http://www.miarbordayalliance.com

551 Courthouse Dr., Ste. 3 Charlotte, MI 48813                  Sent: 4-26-12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 4-23-12

 

Why Arbor Day?

MICHIGAN – The Great Lakes are major natural resources Michigan is known for.  It’s even our state nickname.  But there is another resource that gets frequently overlooked, yet plays just as big a role in our great state – Trees.  There are over 100 different species of trees that call Michigan home.  Forested lands total an impressive 18 million acres.  Michigan also has the second largest State Forest system in the United States, outranked only by Alaska.

So what?  Why should we care about all of these trees?  Trees do more than just look pretty.  Trees are natural air filters.  One acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide and produces 4 tons of oxygen in a single year.  And carbon dioxide isn’t all.  Trees also filter dust and harmful chemicals from the air.  They reduce storm water runoff in urban areas, reduce flooding, and stop erosion.  Shade trees reduce building heating and cooling costs and add to real estate value.  Shouldn’t a resource as multi-tasking as a tree be treasured?  That is what Arbor Day is all about…the celebration of trees.

So what can you do?  Spread the appreciation around.  Show how much we value this resource by celebrating it.  Attend a community Arbor Day Celebration, bring nature into the classroom and teach kids the value of trees, go on a family nature hike, attend a nature program, volunteer, recycle, or simply plant a tree in your backyard.  Interested in finding out more?  Our website may be able to help you out.

Arbor Day in Michigan is always the last Friday of April.  That means this year’s Arbor Day falls on April 27.  The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance will be holding the annual State Arbor Day Celebration at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.  Over 1,200 second and third grade students will come out and learn about different aspects of nature:  soil, air, water, wildlife and, of course, trees.

So what are your plans this Arbor Day?

 

            The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan.  The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District in Charlotte, MI and is made possible through a partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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