J. Sterling Morton
National Arbor Day was founded by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City in 1872.
There weren't many trees in Nebraska at the time and Morton thought it would be a good idea for groups to plant trees in the city.
Animals Need Trees
Trees provide shade for animals, a home for birds and insects, and a place for animals to escape from predators.
Trees also produce oxygen, which is used by both animals and people.
People Need Trees
Wood from trees are used to build houses, boats, furniture, and other items. They also provide food like fruits and nuts.
Trees create protective wind barriers and beautiful spaces where people can relax.