Celebrate Arbor Day in Salmon

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Celebrate Arbor Day… and the miracle of Idaho’s working forests! In Idaho, the last Friday in April each year marks Arbor Day, the same date as National Arbor Day, which is a holiday to celebrate renewable, sustainable trees.

Arbor Day was the idea of J. Sterling Morton. In 1872 Morton helped start a new holiday in Nebraska dedicated to tree planting. It is estimated that more than one million trees were planted on the first Arbor Day. Morton’s idea quickly spread. Today, Arbor Day is celebrated in all 50 states and in many other countries.

To celebrate Arbor Day this year, the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Salmon will be celebrating Arbor Day in conjunction with Steele Memorial Medical Center’s Annual Health Fair on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. Ponderosa pine seedlings will be given away from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Community members can pick-up their seedlings on a first come, first served basis at the Forest Service tent in the Steele Memorial Medical Center parking lot.

Other Arbor Day events will be happening across the Salmon-Challis National Forest and will be announced later this week. For more information about the event in Salmon, please contact Amy Baumer at 208-756-5145.

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