Celebrate Arbor Day in Alaska

Plant a tree.

It’s time to celebrate Arbor Day in Alaska.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed a proclamation denoting Monday as Arbor Day in the state, according to a press release, and invites Alaskans young and old to pay tribute to one of the state’s greatest assets — its forests.

The Alaska Division of Forestry encourages Alaskans to plant a tree, take a walk in the woods or start recycling paper products, the release states.

“Healthy and properly managed trees and forests provide environmental, economic and social benefits to our state, improving the quality of life for all Alaskans,” the proclamation stated.

Established in 1872, Arbor Day is set aside to plant trees, educate children and adults about the importance of trees, and recognize the important role that trees play in our lives. In Alaska, Arbor Day is celebrated on the third Monday in May.

Communities across Alaska will be holding events to celebrate. To find an event near you, visit forestry.alaska.gov/community.

• This is a Juneau Empire report.

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