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ARBOR DAY, ITS PURPOSE AND OBSERVANCE 3
Under section 4 of the Clarke-McNary law of 1924, which superseded
the Kincaid Act, the extension service of the Nebraska College
of Agriculture now distributes tree planting stock to farmers. This
service started in 1926.
On April 4, 1930, 58 years after the first observance of Arbor Day,
the Nebraska State superintendent of public instruction, in a proclamation
to county and city superintendents of schools said in part:
The success which has been achieved on the Nebraska National Forest indicates
that we can grow trees in Nebraska. This office solicits your earnest cooperation
in carrying on a program of tree planting and landscape beautification in connection
with the school so that the entire community may be stimulated to new
FIGURE 2.-Locust windbreak, Seward County, Nebr.
activity along this line. It will not do for Nebraska to permit other States to
outdo us in this matter. We must bestir ourselves if we hope to be worthy of
the name "The Tree-Planters' State."
Kansas and Tennessee followed the lead of Nebraska in 1875, and
the next year Minnesota fell into line. In Kansas the same comparatively
treeless conditions as in Nebraska made the plan of immediate
economic importance. In Minnesota the white pine forests were
being destroyed with alarming rapidity, and no provision was being
made for replacing them.
After 1876 there was for some years a check in the spread of the
Arbor Day idea, and it was not until 1882 that two more States began
to celebrate the day--North Dakota and Ohio.
Before 1882 the efforts to extend the celebration of Arbor Day had
been made through agricultural associations and town authorities.
The first celebration of the day in Ohio, which was held during the
sessions of a national forestry convention at Cincinnati, took an entirely
new form at the suggestion of Warren Higley, president of the
Ohio Forestry Commission. Under the direction of Superintendent
of Schools John B. Peaslee, the school children of the city had a
prominent part in the celebration, which included a parade through
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United States. Forest Service. Arbor day, its purpose and observance., book, November 1936; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc3441/m1/5/: accessed July 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.