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Arbor Day celebration at UAF, 2015
Arbor Day in Alaska - 50th Anniversary Celebration
The grown-ups dropped the ball, but kids saved the day -- Arbor Day.
In 1966, Alaska was the only state in the Union without an official Arbor Day. A group of Kodiak fourth-graders asked their state senator to do something about it, and he did. Soon Gov. Bill Egan was signing Alaska Arbor Day into law and, in May 1966, he used a golden shovel to plant a ceremonial tree near the Juneau Library.
From the beginning, Arbor Day has been a community celebration with a special emphasis on youth. In 1907, Pres. Theodore Roosevelt addressed his Arbor Day Proclamation to "the school children of the United States." In 1966, with help from the Forest Service, the Juneau Garden Club potted up a tree for every one of those Kodiak fourth-graders who got things started; the U.S. Coast Guard delivered them.
Monday, May 16, 2016 is the 50th anniversary of Alaska Arbor Day. A broad range of celebratory events are planned for communities around the state. Watch for announcements and volunteer opportunities. Plan to plant a tree and, remember -- Save the Day!
Below are materials and links to information you may use in your events and celebrations:
- Alaska Arbor Day Events calendar (PDF) - This will be updated as events are planned.
- Gov's proclamation Arbor Day 2016 (PDF)
- Arbor Day Foundation
- Alaska Cooperative Extension Service - Celebrate Alaska Arbor Day
- Alaska Arbor Day fliers
- Alaska Arbor Day fliers with space to announce your event
- Alaska Arbor Day logos to use in your promotions
- President Theodore Roosevelt's 1907 Arbor Day letter to children (PDF)
Arbor Day Grants Awarded
The Alaska Community Forest Council has awarded grants to communities and organizations across the state to celebrate Arbor Day and the benefits of trees. Some funds are for special events and others to purchase a tree to plant. The council funded the grants using council funds, a grant from the Alaska Community Forestry Program, and a donation from the Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Grants have been awarded to the following:
- Anchorage Girl Scout Troop 550$200
- University of Alaska Anchorage$75
- Anchorage Parks Foundation$300
- Anchorage Federation of Community Councils for Government Hill Community Orchard$300
- Anchorage Federation of Community Councils for Northeast Community Council$300
- Joint Base Elmendorf/Richardson for Mount Spurr Elementary School$500
- Friends of Eagle River Nature Center$500
- Mat Su/Copper River 4-H Volunteer Leaders Assn. & UAF Experimental Farm, Palmer$500
- City of Palmer$250
- Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment, Copper Center$300
- University of Alaska Fairbanks and One Tree Alaska$500
- Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District for Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee$300
- Wilderness Retreats for Vets, Bethel$300
- Mountain View Elementary, Kenai$300
- Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science, Kenai$315.05
- Homer 4-H Club$145
- Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Homer$300
- Fawn Mountain Elementary, Ketchikan$200
- Metlakatla Indian Community$300
- Sitka Conservation Society and Alaska Way of Life 4-H Program$500
- City and Borough of Sitka$425
- Raven Correspondence School, Juneau$189.95
Community Orchard and Food Forest Grants Awarded
The Alaska Community Forestry Program has awarded grants to support the testing and demonstration of fruit trees that can be grown in Alaska. The trees will be planted this summer. These projects will help us evaluate the success of different fruit trees and community orchard and food forest models, share results, and make recommendations. Each grantee is providing matching funds or in-kind services to make the projects successful.
Grants have been awarded to the following:
- Anchorage Federation of Community Councils for
Government Hill Community Orchard and Gardens$600
- City of Kenai Parks & Recreation Department Community Gardens$600
- Georgeson Botanical Garden at UAF & American Society of Landscape Architects AK Chapter$700
- Municipality of Anchorage Parks & Recreation Horticulture Bragaw Community Garden$650
- Salvation Army for Clitheroe Center Garden in Anchorage $600
- Mat-Su/Copper River 4-H District Volunteer Leaders Assn. at UAF Experimental Farm, Palmer$500