When J. Sterling Morton moved to Nebraska over a century ago, he began a national holiday that buds once a year. Today is National Arbor Day. Back in 1854, Morton, who was a journalist and a politician, and his wife were one some of the first settlers in Nebraska. Gary Brienzo, information coordinator for the National Arbor Day Foundation, says the Morton couple was aghast by what they saw — a lack of trees.Now, the holiday is celebrated in every state and other countries around the world. Brienzo says National Arbor Day is more important now than it was in Morton’s time. He says trees help reduce carbon in the air and reduce the greenhouse effect.Brienzo says the holiday’s goal is simple – get people to plant a tree – or take care of the one they already have. Brienzo says to consult a nursery or log onto the National Arbor Day website at www.arborday.com if you need some tips on tree care.
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