Plant a Tree, Take a Photo

Updated Apr 29, 2013

Closing out this green week that started with Earth Day, Arbor Day is a time for new growth, giving back and, of course, installing trees. All 50 states celebrate this holiday, as well as several other countries, so you’ll see plenty of saplings, shovels and soil around town today.

As the first Arbor Day after Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast, groups of volunteers and landscapers plan to help replenish the tree population in that area. So, if you’re in New York today, stop by Saxon Woods Park to see County Executive Rob Astorino plant a Winter King hawthorn seedling.

Another area that is also having a “first” Arbor Day is Reynoldsburg, Ohio. This city has not celebrated Arbor Day since the 1990s. Attendees will include planting memorial trees to help them regain their Tree City USA designation.

In the city where I spent two years of my childhood, Montgomery, Alabama, was chosen as the Official Arbor Day City 2013 by the Alabama Urban Forestry Association. Here in Alabama, we celebrate Arbor Day in February, but you can be sure I’ll be out today looking for service projects.

But no matter where you plant trees and volunteer today, make sure to take photos of your work. Then, share them on our site,, and we’ll share the photos in our photo gallery and Facebook page.

Be safe digging, and continue planting for the future!

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