The first Arbor Day celebration was held in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. Now countries all over the world observe a day in April to plant and care for trees.
I drew some coloring pages for The Nature Conservancy to share with kids at last weekend’s Arbor Day event at the Yakima Arboretum. TNC has become more involved in the conservation and management of the diverse forest on the the east slopes of the Cascades. The forest communities vary with elevation and distance from the maritime climate on the crest. I drew low elevation ponderosa pine forest, mid-elevation mixed conifer forest, and high elevation subalpine forest. At first I was daunted by the notion of fitting an ecological community in an 8.5″ X 11″ format, but decided to just capture the highlights. It was fun to draw, remembering places and adventures in the woods. (You can click on the drawing for a larger view.)
Arbor Day is for all kinds of trees, but I confess I am partial to the native ones. Also heirloom fruit trees. What about you?