EXTENSION CONNECTION: Plant a tree on Arbor Day, Jan. 17

Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 05:02 PM.

Today, all 50 states observe Arbor Day, usually when it's the optimal climate for planting trees. In Florida, the ideal time is January, so Florida’s Arbor Day is celebrated on the third Friday of the month.

Similar events are observed throughout the world. In Israel, it is the Tu B Shevat (New Year for Trees) on Jan. 16, 2014.

Germany has Tag des Baumes on April 25.

Japan and Korea celebrate an entire week in April.

Even Iceland, one of the world's treeless countries, observes Student’s Afforestation Day.

Trees planted on Arbor Day show a concern for future generations. The simple act of planting a tree represents a belief that the tree will grow and some day provide wood products, wildlife habitat erosion control, shelter from wind and sun, beauty, and inspiration for ourselves and our children.

Sheila Dunning is an agent at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Cooperative Extension Service in Crestview.

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