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April 26, 2012

Johanns-Nelson Arbor Day Resolution Adopted by Senate

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today adopted a resolution introduced by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and cosponsored by Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) celebrating the 140th anniversary of Arbor Day and encouraging Americans to participate in Arbor Day activities in their community.

“Arbor Day is celebrated across the nation and around world,” Johanns said. “It’s about more than simply planting a tree. Arbor Day highlights the important role every one of us plays in land stewardship – something that is extremely important in Nebraska and in rural communities that depend on natural resources for their livelihood.”

J. Sterling Morton started Arbor Day in 1872 in Nebraska City, Neb., to recognize the importance of land stewardship by planting and caring for trees.  It is estimated that more than one million trees were planted on the first Arbor Day in Nebraska alone. Today, Arbor Day is celebrated in all 50 states and across the world.

For more information on Arbor Day, contact the Arbor Day Foundation HERE.

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