When you look at a tree, what do you see? A climb to conquer? The perfect spot for a child’s dream tree-house? A superstar carbon dioxide buffer? Whatever you see, trees have been, are, and will continue to be one of the most important resources this planet has to offer. And though these renewable resources may seem abundant in areas such as the Pacific Northwest, it is important to note that there are countless parts of the world without such luxury and parts where deforestation is occurring at alarming rates. 

Julius Sterling Morton, who would become the Secretary of Agriculture for President Grover Cleveland, recognized this over 100 years ago when he called for the planting of as many trees possible in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. Since then Arbor Day has become a staple throughout the United States, with each state recognizing having a particular day set aside for the holiday in addition to the national holiday, which is set aside for April 29 of this year. This year we encourage you to join many others in planting a tree for Arbor Day, whether it be at a park, at a business, or even in your own backyard.

As with every year there are several ways you can make a difference this Arbor Day. You can check your city calendar for local events or just get outside and plant a tree in your backyard! And the best part of it all is that you don’t need to plant a full-grown Douglas Fir to make a difference. Also emphasizing the importance of planting trees was this years’ Earth Day. Aside from the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, the goal for Earth Day 2016 was to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide. With roughly 4 billion trees cut down each year just for the paper industry (that’s only 35% of the total cut down!), emphasizing the importance of planting trees is a key part of environmental advocacy. In fact, aside from the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, the goal for Earth Day 2016 was to plant  7.8 billion trees worldwide.

Tree Facts:
 

A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, and can sequester one ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.

Did you know, even just one large tree can provide a supply of oxygen for two people.

According to the USDA Forest Service (www.fs.fed.us), “Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and save 20-50 percent in energy used for heating.”

In just one day, one large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air.

For every five percent of tree cover added to a community, storm water runoff is reduced by approximately two percent.

Any tree makes a difference, and Lane Forest Products is happy to offer a selection of trees at its Glenwood Corner Store in Eugene, Oregon. With trees such as the Weeping Alaska Cedar, Red Sunset Maple, Mimosa Silk Tree and Japanese Snow Bell, Lane Forest Products has the perfect tree for any landscape setting. To learn how to plant a tree, see our how to guide here.

To see a full selection of the available trees at the Glenwood Corner Store, click here.

For more information about Arbor Day, click here

One thought on “Plant a Tree for Arbor Day

  1. Chupacabras says:

    Mr. Tobin is a repository of gardening knowledge, much of it garnered from his great Aunt Mattie, for whom he is named. Compost from her 70-year-old garden was the mother of the compost poured into the new tree hole.

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