New York celebrates Arbor Day, encourages planting trees
Friday is Arbor Day in New York state, a day that state environmental officials say is a perfect excuse to plant a tree, clean a park or talk to children about the importance of trees.
In New York Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April.
The state's Department of Environmental Conservation says the holiday, first celebrated in 1872, was created to encourage farmers and settlers to plant trees for shade and lumber.
Officials say that now it's a way for all New Yorkers to promote trees and their benefits for communities and the environment.
To mark the occasion, the DEC suggests that New Yorkers plant a tree on their own property or get involved in community tree planting events. Another suggestion? Removing litter from a favorite park.