Mayor recognizes Arbor Day with proclamation

April 24, 2019

Mother Nature this week is getting her fair share of face time with two nationally celebrated holidays taking place.

On Monday, about a billion people encompassing 192 countries participated in Earth Day, the holiday believed to be the world’s largest civic-focused day of action, according to earthday.org. The major goal of Earth Day is to bring awareness to the need to treat Earth and its many finite resources with care.

And with Earth Day now in the rearview, many environmentally conscientious people are now looking forward to celebrating Arbor Day. The holiday actually originated not too far away in Nebraska City.

In honor of the holiday and its Nebraska ties, Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley recently made a city proclamation commemorating this Friday as Arbor Day.

In a written letter presented to the Columbus City Council, Bulkley noted that in 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that there was a clear need for a special day to be set aside for the planting of trees.

“This holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than one million trees in Nebraska, and Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and world,” the mayor wrote. “And trees can reduce the erosion of our topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife.”

He added that trees are a renewable resource that gives people paper, wood for homes, fuel for fires and provides overall beauty for the enjoyment of everyone living within the greater Columbus community.

“Trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal,” Bulkley said.