DNR Q & A: Plant a tree in May

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:


Q. What is Arbor Month?

A. While National Arbor Day is held on the last Friday in April, Minnesota is one of only a few states to also celebrate Arbor Month. May is Arbor Month in Minnesota, which gives us 31 days to celebrate trees, and it allows people in the northern part of our state to hold tree-planting events once the ground has thawed. This year’s Arbor Month theme, “Get your daily dose of trees for a healthy you and me,” celebrates the health benefits of trees. Urban neighborhoods with more trees have lower childhood asthma rates because trees absorb and trap air pollutants and particles. Trees also have a natural calming effect, which helps relax and restore the mind. If you are feeling crabby or stressed out, a walk in the woods might be all the medicine you need. In other words, plant a tree this Arbor Month because it’s good for your health. Visit www.mndnr.gov/arbormonth and watch our new video on how trees keep us healthy.


— Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry
outreach specialist


For more information, call the DNR information line at 296-6157 or go to the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us.

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