Today is Arbor Day, "Tree Day," a day to celebrate tree-planting. The day was first proclaimed nationally in 1907 by Theodore Roosevelt who said, "When you help to preserve our forests or to plant new ones, you are acting the part of good citizens."
Plant-It 2020 is an international nonprofit foundation that plants a tree for every U.S. dollar donated. One dollar. One tree. One celebration of Nature and beauty.
It'll be the best dollar ever spent.
In 50 years, one tree generates $30,000 in oxygen, recycles $35,000 of water, and removes $60,000 of air pollution. A tree's roots will prevent or reduce soil erosion and water pollution.
Trees recharge groundwater and sustain stream flow. Strategically placed, they are living snow fences, holding snow away from roads, reducing maintenance costs. They absorb dust and heat and reduce glare.
They supply material for houses, furniture and paper products. Trees cure illnesses. One out of every four pharmaceutical products used in the U.S. comes from tropical forest plants. Three trees planted on the south and west sides of a house will reduce air conditioning costs by 50%.
And they are so beautiful to look at...
"The cultivation of trees," said Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Morton, "is the cultivation of the good, the beautiful, and the ennobling in man."
Trees are beacons of glory...Plant one!