Arbor Day is a national holiday for the trees! It’s a pretty cool day to celebrate trees. Trees are such an important part of our lives from the very basic life necessity of breathing, to the landscaping around your home, to the construction and beauty of your home, to the paper you write on, etc. I could go all day talking about different reasons to celebrate trees & the forest.
Trees should be celebrated everyday! Arbor day was first started in Nebraska by J. Sterling Morton in the late 1800s. He and his wife were nature enthusiast, and he was a journalist who advocated for planting of trees in the great plains. He became the Secretary of Nebraska Territory and in 1872 he proposed a tree planting holiday, “Arbor day”. It was estimated that more than 1 million trees were planted that first Arbor day. Today Arbor Day is celebrated world wide. Typically in the USA it’s the last Friday in April, but that varies state to state depending on growing season.
I get asked occasionally if we have a “tree farm”, or people assume that we are replanting trees after we cut them. I have to remind them that mother nature naturally knows how to keep this planet thriving with trees. She’s been able to do it for a very long time. People can either help or hurt her work. Both are done everyday. Hickman Lumber has planted acres of trees in the past, but it’s not a common practice for us to manually plant trees, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t helping her grow them.
The way we manage our timberland is to allow for natural regeneration. We are intentionally managing the forest to regenerate the more valuable trees such as white oak, red oak, cherry, etc. There is a lot of intentional thought behind this process. However in a nutshell it’s really not that complicated. Seeds fall each year from mature trees. Acorns have been known to lay dormant in the ground for decades before getting enough natural sunlight to grow. When the mature trees are cut it opens up space in the canopy to allow these seeds and young saplings to grow into trees. Learn more details about how we manage our timber in other blog posts.
Cutting down trees allow new trees to grow! So if you don’t have time to plant a tree of your own today, you should probably consider buying some FSC certified hardwood flooring. When you buy this from us you can be reassured that there are more trees growing because one was cut down for your floor!
Go celebrate the trees! Enjoy being out in nature and appreciate all the simple yet imperative benefits!