145th Anniversary of Arbor Day


WHEREAS, trees provide the citizens of the Commonwealth with clean air, clean water, recreational opportunities, a habitat for wildlife, and natural beauty; and

WHEREAS, trees can reduce the erosion of our topsoil, cut heating and cooling costs, and produce life-giving oxygen; and

WHEREAS, trees in our cities and towns enhance the beauty and economic vitality of our communities; and

WHEREAS, trees are renewable resources that give us paper, wood for building, fuel for our fires, and more than 5,000 other wood products; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s more than 16 million acres of forestland are at the heart of a $17 billion forest industry that employs more than 103,000 Virginians; and

WHEREAS, since 1917, the Virginia Department of Forestry’s nurseries have grown more than 2 billion tree seedlings for Virginia landowners to plant on their property; and

WHEREAS, in 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees; and

WHEREAS, this special day, called Arbor Day, is now observed across the nation and around the world; and

WHEREAS, Arbor Day reminds us to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands and to plant more trees for the well-being of this and future generations;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April, 28, 2017, as 145th ANNIVERSARY OF ARBOR DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.