Arbor Day

Arbor Day Background

Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Each year, the City of Woodland celebrates Arbor Day to recognize the community benefits of trees and the community’s heritage as “The City of Trees”. 

Founded by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska in 1872, National Arbor Day is usually celebrated each year on the last Friday in April. However, the date varies depending on the climate of the State in which it is being held. This is due to the planting season and climate of the area where Arbor Day is being held.

Public trees provide a wide range of benefits for our community; including, energy use reduction, air quality improvements, stormwater interception, sequestered atmospheric CO2, and increased property values. Celebrating Arbor Day illustrates the City’s continuing commitment to the urban forest and the quality of life that trees provide to the community. Additionally, celebrating Arbor Day is one of the goals of the City’s 2019 Urban Forest Master Plan for Community Outreach and Engagement. Woodland’s 2018 Urban Forest Resource Analysis found that for every $1 invested in public trees, the Woodland community receives $2.51 in benefits. 

Planting trees for Arbor Day

Arbor Day 2024

March 9, Crawford Park

Updated 3/1/24  Please note due to inclement weather, the Arbor Day event has been postponed to March 9.

Volunteers will gather at 8:30 am at Crawford Park where there will be a short presentation to commemorate this year’s Arbor Day. After the presentation, volunteers will be broken up into groups to assist with the planting of approximately 75 trees. From there groups will be split up to plant trees at Crawford, Traynham, and Tredway parks. Environmental Services will also participate in the event by providing information on water conservation, green waste, composting, and other conservation-related topics.