Friday Is National Arbor Day

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WESTERN NEW YORK – To borrow a line from Singer John Denver, “this Friday you should plant a tree for your tomorrow and your today,” because April 26 is National Arbor Day.

The holiday is observed on the last Friday in April every year. Arbor Day encourages all Americans to plant and care for trees.

Tree experts say they are a vital resource, protecting areas from erosion while also providing oxygen and homes for wildlife.

The national day calendar states a newspaper editor established the day in 1872. He challenged the people of Nebraska to plant as many trees as they could.

They reportedly planted more than one million trees that day.

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