Arbor Day - 2015

Arbor Day Composite Photo

Bob Pedatella,  owner of Kodiak Landscaping in Haskell, has enjoyed giving back to his community for many years. He teaches kids annually about tree planting, stressing it's importance to coincide with National Arbor Day. Arbor Day (from the Latin arbor, meaning tree) is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.

Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, Nebraska. By the 1920s, each state in the United States had passed public laws that stipulated a certain day to be Arbor Day or Arbor and Bird Day observance.

The national holiday is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April; in Nebraska, it is a civic holiday. The customary observance is to plant a tree. On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted.

Students at the E.G. Hewitt School in Ringwood celebrated Arbor Day on April 24, 2015 by planting a weeping cherry tree with help from Bob..

Bob visits a local school each year on this holiday to show children how to properly plant and care for different types of trees. Last year, he was at the Kiel School in Kinnelon, NJ. "I tell them about Arbor Day and why we're planting tress - how trees die, how you can protect them and how you can help them survive." said Bob.