Officials with the Missouri Department of Conservation are encouraging Missourians to celebrate the value of the state’s trees and forests during Arbor Days in April by planting native trees and practicing proper tree care.
This year’s Missouri Arbor Day is April 5. Missouri has been observing the state’s official Arbor Day on the first Friday in April since 1886, when the General Assembly declared that day be set aside for the appreciation and planting of trees. National Arbor Day is recognized on the last Friday of April, which is April 26.
Missouri forests cover about one-third of the state and provide outdoor recreation, wildlife habitat, natural beauty, jobs, timber and more.
There are several resources where Missourians can learn about trees and their proper care, including:
— Details about how trees work are available at treeswork.org.
— Information on backyard tree care — including types of trees for urban and other landscapes, selecting the right tree for the right place, planting tips, watering and pruning info — is available at mdc.mo.gov/tree-health.
— The George White State Forest Nursery near Licking offers residents a variety of low-cost native tree and shrub seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control and wildlife food and cover. For more information, visit mdc.mo.gov/seedlings. The State Forest Nursery is celebrating Arbor Days in April by hosting an open house and tours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6. Visitors can stop by to see how nursery staff grows, stores and ships more than 3 million seedlings each year. Tours are by appointment. Call 573.674.3229 to make a reservation.
Several communities will hold local events, as well. For more information on these and other events, visit the Arbor Day Foundation website at arborday.org.