A contemporary cartoon depicted President Teddy
Roosevelt advocating conservation of America's forests.
One hundred children from Evergreen School are expected to attend Plainfield's annual Arbor Day ceremony Friday morning in Library Park to help plant trees in honor of the day.
Arbor Day got its big push in the United States after President Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt issued a proclamation in 1907 to the nation's school children commending the annual planting of trees and the importance of conservation policies in the face of the lumber industry's destruction of old growth forests nationwide.
Arbor Day thus became the first real mass environmental movement in the country.
Plainfield's ceremony is organized by the Shade Tree Commission. The half-hour program gets under way at 11:00 AM, rain or shine. All are welcome.
-- Dan Damon [follow]