Celebrate Arbor Day This Friday!

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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:  4-21-14

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  On or after 4-21-14

 

Make Every Day Arbor Day!

 

MICHIGAN –The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) encourages you to join us in celebrating Arbor Day this year. On Friday, April 25, 2014 MADA will be hosting the State Arbor Day Celebration for over 1,100 second and third grade mid-Michigan students at Potter Park in Lansing. Volunteers from several organizations will spend the day teaching students about water, wildlife, soil, and of course, trees.

“Planting a tree is a simple way to make a lasting impression. The benefits from that single tree will be felt for generations,” says MADA Program Coordinator Jennifer Hunnell and encourages you to celebrate Arbor Day in your own way. You could plant a tree, volunteer, recycle, use reusable grocery bags, read a nature-themed book to a classroom, visit a local park, or organize a community beautification project or clean-up effort. Several Michigan communities are also hosting their own Arbor Day Celebrations. Find an event in your area on our website, www.miarbordayalliance.com and check out the Community Calendar.

The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872.  J. Sterling Morton, a pioneer and journalist championed the idea of a “tree planting” holiday in the Nebraska Territory. In 1885, the Michigan Legislature resolved “that the Governor is hereby requested to call the attention of the people of the state to the importance of planting trees for ornament and by naming a day upon which the work shall be given special attention to be known as Arbor Day.” Each year the Governor and Michigan Legislature proclaim the last week in April as Arbor Week and Arbor Day as the last Friday of that week.

 

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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