People celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday in April. The purpose is to make more people aware of the importance of trees in communities and forests and to promote their stewardship.
Several special activities will take place in Boise and across Idaho.
Here are a few of them:
— Free seedling giveaways – If you want to plant a tree in honor of Arbor Day, the Idaho Forest Products Commission (IFPC) will be giving away more than25,000 free Blue Spruce seedlings on Arbor Day, Friday, April 25 at any Home Depot in Idaho, Ontario,Ore., and Spokane Wash.; the Boise Co-Op and Whole Foods stores in Boise; Paul Bunyan restaurants in Coeur d’Alene, Hayden, Rathdrum and Post Falls; Numerica Credit Union in Hayden and Coeur d’Alene; north Idaho community libraries including Hayden, Spirit Lake, Rathdrum, Post Falls, Pinehurst, Harrison and Athol; and at the Arbor Day Festival at the Finch Arboretum in Spokane on Saturday, April 26. Check with your community forester for Arbor Day events.
— Arbor Day Photo Contest and e-cards –Students from throughout Idaho submitted photos of trees that represented what they see when they “Look to the Forest.” A panel of judges selected winning photographs for three age categories and honorable mentions from a total of 74 entries. Winners will receive $50 from the Idaho Forest Products Commission and a tree will be planted at their school compliments of the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association. The winning photos and other forest photos have been turned into Arbor Day/Earth Day e-cards that can be sent from the Idaho Forest Products Commission http://www.idahoforests.org/
— Capitol Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Planting – On Friday, April 25, former State Controller Donna Jones will lead the annual State Arbor Day celebration and tree planting at Capitol Park. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m., and will include a presentation by Taft Elementary School Students and an award presentation to the student winners of the 2014 Arbor Day Photo Contest. Students and other will end the ceremony by planting the annual Arbor Day tree – a Kwanzan cherry – in Capitol Park just south of the Statehouse.
The first Arbor Day was held in 1872 in Nebraska. Today, Arbor Day is celebrated in all 50 states and many other countries. For more information, visit the IFPC website atwww.idahoforests.org.