April 24 is Arbor Day, a national observance that began in 1872 and celebrates the role of trees in urban, community and remote forests. The stay-home order is still in effect, but you can celebrate Arbor Day at home with #MyIdahoTree.
The Idaho Department of Lands is planting nearly two million tree seedlings on Idaho Endowment Land this year. Those who participate in #MyIdahoTree will have a seedling planted in their honor near Kooskia, Idaho. The seedlings will help restore an area hit by the Clearwater Complex Fire in 2015.
“Tree planting is a major effort that we undertake each year and is a critical part of sustainable forest management,” said State Forester Craig Foss with the Idaho Department of Lands. “We care for our forests from seedlings to mature trees. Then we watch for the best time to harvest, before they become over-mature and vulnerable to insects, disease, and wildfire.”
To participate, post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #MyIdahoTree this weekend for Arbor Day. You can also go to the Idaho Department of Lands social media pages and comment on one of the posts. If you are not on social media, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and submit your name for a seedling. IDL staff will share pictures of the trees when they are planted this spring.