Arbor Day: Wyoming

April 27, 2009 at 6:00 am 2 comments


Cottonwood Canoe
(Photo courtesy of wanna be davinci)
Happy Arbor Day, Wyoming!
Wyoming celebrates its Arbor Day the last Monday of April, so Happy Arbor Day Wyoming!

Like Kansas and Nebraska, Wyoming selected the Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) as its state tree. The North Dakota Forest Service believes “Cottonwoods contributed more to the success [of the Lewis and Clark] Expedition than any other tree!” Indeed, cottonwood played many roles. The bark and twigs were used to feed horses. The inner bark was a sweetener and had medicinal value for humans. The wood was used to smoke and weather proof clothing. Finally, cottonwood trees were dug out to make canoes. Since 80% of their journey was on water, the canoes provided by cottonwood (and later Ponderosa Pines) proved to be valuable assets.

To find out when your state celebrates Arbor Day, check out Arbor Day Dates Across America at ArborDay.org.

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  • 1. Robert Smith  |  April 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Last year, I had the opportunity to attend a tree planting in May in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

    Anyway, thanks for keeping up with sharing all of the state Arbor Day dates. I’d lost you in the thousands of Tweets about the tree planter’s holiday over the last couple of weeks.

    Hope you experienced a nice day on April 24th.

    Sincerely, Robert

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  • 2. tgaw  |  May 1, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    @Robert – Thanks for posting. You sound like you have a fascinating job– all these tree plantings you have gotten to attend! I had a great April 24th. Hope you did too!

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