Want to take part in Arbor Day celebrations this month? Keep Polk Beautiful has tree seedlings for you to plant if your organization, group or otherwise has plans to celebrate.

Georgia Arbor Day is coming up on February 28, and Keep Polk Beautiful is offering tree seedlings this year to organizations, civic groups and clubs, and school groups for events this year.

Arbor Day nationally is celebrated in April, but the state celebrates Arbor Day slightly earlier, always on the third Friday of February. Every state usually celebrates Arbor Day on a schedule around when planting is best for new tree seedlings based on regional planting patterns.

The annual holiday around planting trees was first celebrated in Nebraska in 1872 by Julius Sterling Morton, a pioneer who settled in the middle of the country from Detroit. His goal was to plant millions of trees on the prairies of Nebraska in an otherwise empty landscape.

New trees are good for many reasons, but key among them is providing shade, helping prevent soil erosion, and acting as long-term natural carbon-capture devices.

Those interested in getting seedlings for the upcoming Arbor Day celebration can contact Cook by calling 678-246-1083.

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