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Friday, April 30th. Today is National Arbor Day, an observance celebrating nature’s bounty of trees. Arbor Day comes with plenty of flexibility, though, as different states note the occasion on different dates, and even in a different month.

Julius Sterling Morton moved to the tree-poor Nebraska Territory in the mid-1850s with his wife, and while he worked as a newspaper editor and politician, they campaigned for tree planting.

On April 10, 1872, it became the first state to celebrate. Nationwide, there are just over 1,100 people in 184 establishments engaged in operating forest nurseries, and gathering forest products. In addition, there are over 13,500 plant nurseries, garden centers and farm supply stores to aid in greening the United States.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

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