Arbor Day in the Red River Gorge

Arbor Day in the Red River Gorge

Well, hello tree. How you doin’? Would you like a hug?

As I sit here on my porch, listening to the steady sound of traffic trundling by in the distance and anxiously waiting for our trees and vegetation to leaf out and block the noise, I realize the time of year has come and another Arbor Day is upon us. Who could have guessed that something that began with so little National fanfare in Nebraska City, Nebraska in 1872 (yes, 1872) would become such a global phenomenon? Except those in Nebraska, where an estimated 1 million trees were planted Statewide per the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Trees provide a myriad of benefits, both large, small and sometimes unnoticed.

Trees can help block and disperse noise, improve air quality, provide shade and cooling, create economic benefits through lower energy bills and increased property values, block damaging winds, and create desirable green spaces which are inviting to use and also lead to health benefits associated with being outdoors and being active. Read more about the health benefits of living near trees (here).

When planting a tree, remember “right tree, right place”.

Find a list of trees for your area and make the right choice for your site. Try planting different species of trees to avoid an insect or disease outbreak that could decimate your landscape. Seek professional advice on proper planting procedures. Take a walk in nature and observe how trees you would like to plant grow naturally. Just remember, it is now your tree and may need some help along the way.

For a great field trip, visit the Gladie Center in the Red River Gorge on Sat., April 8th – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for their Treemendous Trees program.

You can also visit the National Arbor Day Foundation website to learn more about what they do.

If more sciencey fare may be of interest to you, try these articles for a little light bedtime reading.


  • Residential building energy conservation and avoided power plant emissions by urban and community trees in the United States (click here)


  • Neighborhood greenspace and health in a large urban center (click here).


“A tree, a tree, a tree. My broken kingdom for a tree.” – Anonymous Dark Overlord (reformed)




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