house resolution no.91

Reps. Hope, Aiyash, Breen, Tyrone Carter, Churches, Haadsma, Hoskins, Morse, Price, Rheingans, Rogers, Snyder, Weiss and Young offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare April 28, 2023, as Arbor Day in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, In 1872, the first Arbor Day was established as a special day to be set aside for the planting of trees in the territory of Nebraska; and

Whereas, Michigan native J. Sterling Morton championed the first Arbor Day in Nebraska; and

Whereas, In 1885, the Michigan Legislature resolved there will be a special day dedicated to the importance of planting trees known as Arbor Day; and

Whereas, Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world; and

Whereas, Trees benefit society and the environment by reducing the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cutting heating and cooling costs, moderating the temperature, filtering the air, producing life-giving oxygen, and providing habitat for wildlife; and

Whereas, Trees are a renewable resource that provide paper, fuel, and wood for construction and other wood products; and

Whereas, Trees in our cities increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our communities; and

Whereas, Trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and renewal; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare April 28, 2023, as Arbor Day in the state of Michigan.