SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A number of southwest Missouri events are planned in April to celebrate Missouri Arbor Day (always the first Friday of April) which is April 5, and National Arbor Day (always the last Friday of April) on April 26.
Arbor Day, which was first held in 1872 and was the creation of Nebraska newspaper editor J. Sterling Morton, is an annual event designed to raise people’s awareness of the importance of trees. It’s hoped, through this awareness, trees will continue to be a viable component of the landscape for years to come. As part of Missouri’s Arbor Day events, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is involved with tree-planting events throughout the state in April.
Here are tree-themed events scheduled in southwest Missouri that MDC is participating in:
For more information about any of these events, contact Missouri Department of Conservation Community Forester Cindy Garner at 417-895-6881, ext. 1632 or at Cindy.Garner@mdc.mo.gov. Information about the benefits of trees can be found at mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/trees-work.