Arbor Day Planting

National Arbor Day is the celebration of trees and their importance to human life. The origin of this holiday dates back to the 19th century with J. Sterling Morton as its driving force. According to the Arbor Day foundation, it was in Nebraska, on January 4, 1872, that J. Sterling Morton first proposed a holiday for tree-planting. Nebraska, was relatively a tree-less state at the time. Morton’s proposal was adopted, and the idea of observing such a holiday spread to other states later in the 1870s.

The history of Arbor Day is thus part of the modern movement towards awareness that we may need to cultivate “nature” in order to preserve it.

Georgia celebrates Arbor Day on the 3rd Friday in February. KCB celebrates Arbor Day during the month of February with various educational programs and a planting during the month of February. Please see our event calendar to learn what events are occurring near you.

Fun Facts:

  • Georgia‚Äôs State Tree: Live Oak
  • Number of State Forest: 6 (63,294 acres)
  • Georgia leads in paper and board production
  • Georgia has more than 350 Champion Trees**
Keep Cobb Beautiful Arbor Day Champion Tree

** The tree must have an erect woody perennial stem, or trunk, at least 9.5 inches in circumference measured 4.5 feet from the ground, with a definitely formed crown of foliage, and is at least 13 feet total height to be eligible for the Georgia Champion.