So you've heard of Arbor Day and you know it has something to do with planting trees, but that's the extent of it?  You're in luck, because even though Arbor Day is celebrated nationally on different dates.  Mayor Ness and the City of Duluth are going to celebrate  Arbor Day is today, May 17, with a press conference.

Arbor Day encourages people to appreciate, plant and care for trees.  It serves as a great day for students to learn about ecology and preservation of our natural resources and the day even has it's own logo!

It came to be back in 1854, when  J Sterling Morton moved from Detroit to Nebraska. At that time there were virtually no trees in the area. Trees were needed as windbreaks to stabilize the soil and to provide shade from the sun, fuel and building materials. So he planted many trees around his own home to encourage and enable others to do the same.  A total of about one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.

Mayor Ness and the City of Duluth know how important our forest and trees are and he will hold a press conference in celebration of Arbor Day today, starting at 10:30a.  You are welcome to join him at Chambers Grove Park, at Highway 23 and 137th Avenue West.  Mayor Ness will be announcing  several initiatives the city has in the works for its urban forest.

Info via:  City of Duluth Press Release