In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed that a special day be set aside for planting of trees and this holiday is called Arbor Day.
This year marks the 141st anniversary of that date. Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation.
Arbor Day was first observed in Nebraska with more than a million trees planted that year.
The purpose for this is to reduce the erosion of topsoil by wind and water, to cut heating and cooling cost, moderate temperature, clean the air, and produce life-giving oxygen.
Trees also provide habitat for wildlife, is a renewable resource for giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires, and to beautify the community.
Mayor Baker proclaimed February 22-26, 2013 as the 141st celebration of Arbor Day in the Town of Cedar Bluff and encouraged all citizens to celebrate this holiday by planting trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this for future generations.
Cherokee Rose Garden Club members present were: Janice Knight (President), Gerrie Holbrook, Brenda Green, John Holbrook, Jeanette Barker, and Wanda Roe. Also present was Mayor Martha Baker and Council woman Billie Burkhalter.