The public is invited to participate in North Carolina’s 2014 Arbor Day Celebration to be held at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh, March 22, 2014, from 10am to 2pm. The NC State University Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources will host the fun event again this year, featuring many exhibits, a tree seedling give-away, and hands-on activities for whole family.
Arbor Day is celebrated in state observances across the country to demonstrate our appreciation of trees. According to the NC Forest Service website, the NC state legislature ratified a bill in 1967, stating in part, “Whereas, it is desirable that the planting of seedlings and flowering shrubs be encouraged to promote the beautification and conservation of the vast and varied resources of North Carolina, and whereas the designation of a particular day each year as Arbor Day would encourage and draw attention to a concerted effort by North Carolinians to beautify and conserve the state’s resources by planting young trees and shrubs.”
In honor of that spirit, several organizations will be on hand at North Carolina’s Arbor Day Celebration to share information and materials about how trees enhance the quality of life for us all. In cooperation with the Society of American Foresters’ Triangle Chapter and NC State Student Chapter, 1500 tree seedlings will be distributed to the public. The winner of the state’s Arbor Day Photo Contest will be announced and presented with their award at 1:30pm. Smokey Bear is sure to make a visit and a children’s activity area is also in the works.
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