Arbor Day Foundation Plans to Plant 500 Million Trees in Five Years

April 27, 2022, 5 p.m. ·

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The 150th Arbor Day happens this Friday, while the Arbor Day Foundation turns 50-years-old on the same day.

Friday, April 29th, marks the 150th Arbor Day. It started in Nebraska City, Nebraska, in 1872.

In 50 years, the Arbor Day Foundation has planted approximately 500 million trees. The Lincoln-based organization said it intends to plant another 500 million trees in the next five years alone, to celebrate 50 years of service.

Pete Smith is a program manager and arborist with the foundation. He said reaching the goal would help create a safer planet.

“While our goal is 500 million trees, we know that we need billions - some would say a trillion trees planted, to address some of the major issues facing the globe like climate change,” Smith said.

Smith said 150 years of Arbor Day should be a source of pride for Nebraskans.

The foundation placed signs around its office on 12th and P Streets in downtown Lincoln sporting its 50th anniversary logo.

Smith said the logo will be used throughout the year, to celebrate its half-century in existence.

The Arbor Day observance encourages people around the world to grow trees. It occurs on the final Friday of April in many countries and states.