Saturday, May 1 will be a very important day for Tree Lafayette, the City of Lafayette, and many countries across the world! It is Arbor Day, a national holiday that is celebrated each year on the last Friday in April; this holiday was created to recognize the value and importance of trees in 1874, when the new residents of the Nebraska Territory recognized their need for the trees they had left behind.

Arbor Day is often celebrated by planting and caring for trees by individuals and organizations, but the Arbor Day Foundation gives a variety of good ideas for ways to also celebrate Arbor Day. These are just some methods for displaying your awareness and support of the huge role trees play for the environment, including the fact that they do much to help reduce the effects of climate change.

Lafayette’s Arbor Day Celebration will occur this Saturday, May 1 at 9:30 a.m. outside Mount Hope Church at 1718 North 15th Street. Mayor Tony Roswarski will make an Arbor Day Proclamation and Tree Lafayette will work to plant approximately 64 trees and celebrate the planting of the organization’s 3,500th tree at the event. Please consider coming to show your support for the value of trees in our local community.