San Diego State University – Imperial Campus Celebrates Arbor Day

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CALEXICO – On Friday, April 29 SDSU-IV campus will celebrate Arbor Day. The event is sponsored by the Sustainability Committee and Associated Students.  Funds were raised, by Javier Gonzales a SDSU-IV alumni, to purchase several trees for the SDSU campus – Calexico & Brawley.  The shovel will break ground on the Quad at 9:15 AM.  Community leadership awards will be given out and the campus will receive a Proclamation from the City of Calexico.

  • National Arbor Day is celebrated each year on the last Friday in April.  In 1970, President Richard Nixon declared Arbor Day a federal holiday. Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.  Newspaper editor, Julius Sterling Morton began Arbor Day to help bring attention to the importance of trees. He felt it was a way to celebrate trees and their importance in providing shelter, stabilization for the ground, and beauty to the beholder.

Originating in Nebraska City, Nebraska, the first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872.  On this day in 1872, over a million trees were planted in Nebraska.  Today, National Arbor Day is celebrated in all 50 states.  While Arbor Day is a US holiday, several other countries have adopted similar observances including Japan, Australia, Korea and Yugoslavia.

  • A single tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old. Following the Yellowstone Fires of 1988, the Arbor Day Foundation partnered with the US Forest Service to reforest the landscape. Through this partnership, over 25 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have
    been planted.      

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” – Proverb

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