Vermont Arbor Day Proclamations A Peek Though the Trees
VERMONT’S ARBOR DAY WAS STARTED IN 1885 WHEN ON APRIL 15TH, GOVERNOR SAMUEL E. PINGREE ISSUED A PROCLAMATION MAKING FRIDAY, MAY 1ST VERMONT’S FIRST ARBOR DAY.
Most of early Vermont was deforested to create grazing areas for sheep, to provide timber and for other industries. By the late 19th century, these industries left a bare landscape, prompting the desire to reforest Vermont.
Vermonters wanted to reforest Vermont for aesthetic, economic, and moral reasons.
“the rehabilitation of unsightly stretches of rocky hillsides and briery or brake-infested dells, the beautifying of towns and villages, contribute directly to the material wealth of the state, and have their bearings on the moral qualities of the people.” -The vermont Watchman, april 1, 1885
for many years, the Governor of Vermont issued a proclamation creating an Arbor Day to encourage Vermonter's interest in nature. Each proclamation emphasizes reasons that trees are of importance to Vermont.
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