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Posted on: April 22, 2021

Celebrate Arbor Day


On Saturday May 8, 2021, from 11 am to Noon, Heber City will celebrate Arbor Day. 

Mayor Potter will introduce the city’s new Tree Advisory Board who will plant a tree adjacent to City Hall to commemorate Heber City’s 5 years, as a Tree City USA. 

All are invited to attend and enjoy refreshments provided by Heber Light and Power.

Celebrate Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a national holiday created to recognize the importance of trees. The state of Utah celebrates Arbor Day every year on the last Friday in April. The most common way people celebrate Arbor Day is to get together in groups to plant trees.

In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees. On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska. In less than a decade, the idea for the holiday caught on in other sates until, by 1882, its observance had become a national event. Nebraska made Arbor Day a legal holiday in 1885, moving it to April 22, Morton’s birthday. 

Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world. 

Celebrate Arbor Day in a personal way by planting a tree yourself. Plant trees on your own property, or volunteer with your local government agency to plant or care for trees on public land in your area. See Heber City Tree Advisory Board website

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Read a book about trees, and learn to identify trees in your yard and neighborhood.

Enjoy the outdoors. Visit a local park or take a nature hike, taking care to notice the different tree varieties you encounter. Bring along a field guide to help with identification.

Attend a class on tree and plant care.

Volunteer with a local tree-planting organization. You’ll meet new people while making a difference in your community. See ReLEAF UTAH and Tree Utah.

It has been 149 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day, and his simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. If you’re looking for inspiration for your own celebration—whether for a classroom or an entire community—here are a few suggestions:  Go to

Trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife.

Trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products.

Trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community. Trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.

So celebrate and enjoy Arbor Day! 

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