JASPER — Arbor Day is a tree-planting holiday that started out in 1872 in Nebraska as a proposal to help establish trees on its vast treeless plains.
It was the idea of J. Sterling Morton, and more than one million trees were planted on that first Arbor Day. It became a national holiday in the 1880’s and is now celebrated in many other countries as well.
The national Arbor Day in the United States of America is held on the fourth Friday in April, while here in Florida it is the third Friday in January.
Florida Arbor Day was celebrated Friday at Corinth Christian Academy with a program conducted jointly by the Florida Forest Service and the Hamilton County Extension Service and involved approximately 22 students as well as two faculty members.
A short presentation was made to the students about the importance of trees in our everyday lives and the many useful benefits and products we get from trees by Florida Forest Service Hamilton County Senior Forester Greg Staten.
The students planted two dogwood trees at Corinth Christian Academy with assistance from Keith Wynn, Agriculture Extension Agent for UF/IFAS Hamilton County Extension Office, and Staten. The students and teachers were instructed in how to care for the newly planted trees, and the students committed to keeping them watered. The students were each given a bareroot slash pine seedling donated by the Florida Forest Service to take home and plant along with instructions on how to plant it properly.
Heather Janney, UF/IFAS Extension Hamilton County 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, served as photographer for the events.