WHEREAS, in 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees; and
WHEREAS, this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska and is now observed in the State of Nevada and in communities across the nation; and
WHEREAS, trees are a precious natural resource that reduce the erosion of topsoil by wind and water, reduce heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife; and
WHEREAS, the State of Nevada has designated two official state trees, the Bristlecone Pine, which is among oldest living organisms on the planet, and the Single-Leaf Pinyon, which is known for thriving in difficult climates and coarse conditions; and
WHEREAS, Nevada's state trees are symbolic of the rugged history of the Silver State, representing the tireless persistence and endurance that has inspired the growth, expansion, and success of our communities; and
WHEREAS, all Nevadans are hereby encouraged to participate in Arbor Day activities and events in support of this national tradition celebrating the ecological, cultural, and historical significance of trees;
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 28th day of April, 2016.