Once a year Arbor Day is nationally dedicated to public tree-planting. Harbor Day in Alaska is celebrated on the third Monday in May, and continues for the duration of the week thereafter. The Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee was founded in 1983. At this time the committee planned what is thought to be the first public Arbor Day celebration in Interior Alaska, as well as the farthest North Arbor Day Celebration. With four original members still active in the committee, the focus of the celebration is and has always been for school children. The committee distributes trees to schools each year and participates in tree planting during school Arbor Day celebrations. They also plan a larger scale celebration with city officials from Fairbanks, the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and the City of North Pole.
Visit the links below for more information.
- UAF Cooperative Extension - Celebrate Arbor Day: A Guide for Schools
- School of Natural Resources & Agricultural Sciences Blog: Arbor Day: a good time to plant a tree, 2011.
- Arbor Day Foundation Official Site
- State Urban Forestry Coordinators