[r85] Rep. Pond Column (4/27/2009)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Start Date: 4/27/2009 All Day
End Date: 4/27/2009

In Indiana, Arbor Day is the last Friday in April. Much of our youngest generation is missing out on a vital part of early childhood development: the great outdoors. There is so much to enjoy in the outdoors and not enough children spend time outdoors, are educated about the outdoors or respect our state's beautiful horticulture.


Arbor Day started on April 10, 1872 by J. Sterling Morton. Mr. Morton was the Secretary of Agriculture for President Grover Cleveland's administration.


In 1884, Indiana State Superintendent of Schools John Holcombe established Arbor Day in the state.


I received tree seedlings from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources when I was teaching kindergarten at New Haven Elementary School. Many of my students would plant these trees in their yard and in our community.


Indiana has 27,818 Arbor Day Foundation members in Indiana. If you love the outdoors, and wish to plant some trees or receive more information, you may contact: Mark Ringgenberg at 260-489-4614. Or write to him at P.O. Box 425, Leo, IN 46765.


Matt Ringgenberg is the founder of Hoosier ReLeaf, a nonprofit organization decided to improve the environment by planting more and better trees.


The Indiana Department of Natural Resources recognizes 64 cities as Tree Cities for outstanding management of urban forests. Tree cities in our surrounding communities are Angola, Auburn, Columbia City, Decatur, Fort Wayne, Fremont and Huntington. You may contact Mark Ringgenberg to learn how your city can become a Tree City USA city.