April 21 through April 27, 2013: Arbor Week and Arbor Day

WHEREAS, more than 140 years ago, Michigan native J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day, a day recognized nationwide as a time to enrich our country by planting and caring for trees; and,   


WHEREAS, trees play a very important role in our environment as they help clean the air of pollutants, produce oxygen and provide shelter for wildlife; and,


WHEREAS, home to more than 100 species of trees, Michigan has a 3.8 million acre state forest system, the largest in the United States; and,


WHEREAS, we are fortunate to have such a rich variety of trees that present us with a striking gift of color each autumn; the reds and shades of gold remind us of the cycle of life and the importance of making a difference, today, in our communities, state and nation; and,


WHEREAS, during Arbor Week and on Arbor Day, we encourage all Michiganders to celebrate our state's natural environment, to plant a tree and to remember that we must preserve and protect our ecosystem for the generations to come;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, April 21 through Saturday, April 27, 2013 as Arbor Week, and Friday, April 26, 2013 as Arbor Day in Michigan.