Planting Trees for the Future
Arbor Day is a national observance that celebrates the importance of trees and promotes tree planting and care. First celebrated in 1872, it was established as a way to encourage farmers and homesteaders to plant trees that would provide shade, shelter, food, fuel and beauty to open areas. In New York, Arbor Day is held on the last Friday in April.
Trees are essential to a healthy environment, helping provide clean air and creating a rich aesthetic for all. They are vital to our economy and contribute greatly to our everyday lives by providing paper for writing, lumber for the homes in which we live, maple syrup and fruit products, decorations during the holidays, improving air quality, and adding beauty to attract new business and tourism to our great state.
Unlike other holidays, many of which honor people or past events, Arbor Day looks to the future. Young people are our future foresters and leaders. This day reminds us to share our knowledge of the importance of trees and how to care for them with the youth of today.
Celebrating Arbor Day is a great opportunity for nursery and landscape professionals to promote tree planting and care in their communities. Create excitement and promote participation with tree planting activities, educational events, games, and programs for all ages.
Arbor Day Photo Contest
The Committee is looking for submissions to the Annual Arbor Day Photo Contest. One photo will be chosen and printed on the annual Arbor Day poster, which is distributed to 3,500 schools throughout New York State, as well as many other outlets. There are over 100,000 posters printed. The winning photographer will also take part in the Annual Arbor Day Ceremony, held in Albany.
We are accepting submissions for poster artwork through January 18, 2012. Click here to download the application.
Get your photos ready, and maybe your work will be seen across the state!