As a fellow Rotarian and steward of the environment I was pleased to be able to carry on the Arbor Day tradition by assisting in planting 20 trees at the East View High School Campus in Georgetown, TX. The East View Interact Club and FFA also participated in the project and will be responsible for the long term care of the trees.
Arbor Day was originated in Nebraska by J. Sterling Morton one of the original pioneers that moved into the Nebraska Territory. Due to his love for nature and the importance for establishing trees as windbreaks to keep the soil from eroding, for fuel and building materials and shade from the sun he advocated tree plantings by individuals and encouraged civic or organizations and groups to join in like the Rotary of Georgetown . It is estimated that over 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor day on April 10, 1872.
Each generation takes the earth as trustees. -J. Sterling Morton