An Arbor Day Pledge

Coming up on April 25, 2008 is Arbor Day. It's a day to celebrate a unique feature of our planet the trees. The trees are so important to us. They serve as the planet's lungs filtering the air we breathe, they provide us fruit and nuts to eat, paper to read and write with, drugs like aspirin and shade to sit beneath on a hot and humid summer day. Without trees we would be in a desolate place devoid of much of what we love about this planet. Arbor Day actually started way back in 1870 in Nebraska and has continued to this day to spread the planting of trees from the United States to countries around the world.

In an effort to encourage the planting of trees in our yards and gardens around the world I am proposing a simple pledge that I would like everyone who likes trees to sign on and give a try.

Here's what I propose:
Plant one tree or more in your yard every year. If your yard has no room for a tree plant a shrub or give a tree for someone else to plant in their yard. The key is for you to be responsible for the planting of one tree somewhere.

If you are a garden blogger or a blogger of any kind I'd like to encourage you to share your planting with everyone. Post about your tree planting and send me a link and I'll add it to a post on Arbor Day this year. Don't forget to link back to this post so that more people can join in if they can. If you can't get a tree in by April 25th (that only gives you 10 days) then let me know when you do and I'll make an update. Just plant one sometime this year!

If you don't have a blog post here in the comments and tell everyone what tree you planted and why you picked the tree you planted. Try to leave a State or Provence location when you do so everyone can see where its happening!

Over the next several days I plan to make several posts about trees and their importance for our environment (with the exception being tomorrow night since I'll be at a Hockey game). So please jump in and join the pledge. All you have to do is comment and say you'll give it a try!

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