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Woods County 4H promotes Arbor Day


4H members participating in the Arbor Day Ceremony on April 5 are, from left, Max Parsons, Jarin Shirley, Cristen Bosh, Kellen Bradford, Jaydan Coffman, Evan Ferguson.

A group of 4-H members and their parents gathered on the west side of the Woods County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon after school to plan a tree in recognition of Arbor Day.

Alva Mayor Kelly Parker provided some history about National Arbor Day. It was in 1872 that a member of the Nebraska Board of Agriculture, J. Sterling Morton, set aside a special day for the planting of trees.

That first holiday was observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska alone.

From a proclamation, Mayor Parker said that trees can reduce the erosion of precious topsoil by wind and water, c...

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