Communities all over the country celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees. Arbor Day first began in 1872 in the Nebraska territory. Julius Morton, a journalist and naturalist, encouraged the planting of trees by offering rewards to whoever could plant the most trees.
The result: over a million trees were planted on that day in Nebraska. Today, we commemorate the work of Morton by planting trees in communities throughout the state. Nationally, Arbor Day is celebrated on Apr. 26.