Arbor Day is Friday, April 26, 2024
Every Year, Millions Of Trees Are Planted To Renew Idaho’s Forests
In Idaho, we celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday in April each year. This year, Arbor Day is Friday, April 26th.
Trees are Idaho’s great renewable resource that can be sustainably managed for the future. This Arbor Day, we hope you will look to Idaho’s forests for all the things they contribute to our state and our way of life.
From the trees in our back yard and in our local and state parks, to the private, state and federal forests that cover 40 percent of our state — trees and forests make our lives in Idaho better.
Coming soon: Details on the 2024 Arbor Day Celebration!
In the meantime, find ways to celebrate Arbor Day now!
- Check out the WINNERS of our 2023 Arbor Day Photo Student Photo Contest
- Arbor Day activities to help teachers and K-12 students to celebrate trees
- Learn about Idaho trees!
- Celebrate a tree in your yard or neighborhood. Visit your tree often and learn everything you can about it. Click here to get Project Learning Tree ideas to guide your discovery.
- Download our free Arbor Day activity sheets for primary, elementary and middle school learners.
What can you do to celebrate Arbor Day this year? A lot!
Scroll down to find all the ways you can be treemendous!
Order a 2024 Arbor Day t-Shirt
Explore the Arbor Day Youth Photo Contest
Idaho’s Forest Products Industry
Idaho’s past and future is tied to the millions of acres of forests that cover the state
These forests are Idaho’s legacy. They contribute to our state and our way of life. We all benefit from the wood and paper products, clean water, wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities Idaho’s forests provide. In the future, we’ll look to our forests for even more: clean energy, new products, carbon storage, good jobs and a healthy environment. The challenge will be to keep our legacy healthy and productive through active forest management.
Harvesting trees is an important part of forest management.
Did you know?
Trees are the earth’s oldest living organisms
They improve air and water quality; reduce heating and cooling costs; provide a cool and beautiful place to live, work and play; are a renewable source of fuel, shelter, food and other products and provide benefits that directly affect the economic, environmental and social health of Idaho’s people and the communities where they live.
One reason we harvest trees is that we all use forest products. Each year the average American uses the equivalent of a tree about 100’ tall and 18” in diameter. It’s a good thing that trees are growing every day and nearly 100% of a tree can be used to make wood and other forest products.
Forest Fact: In Idaho, for every tree harvested, seven are growing for the future.
Trees touch our lives every day!
More than 5,000 products come from trees
Some products from trees are obvious like the wood used to build our homes and furniture, or the paper in our books, bags, milk cartons, boxes and tissues. Other forest products aren’t so easily recognized. Chemicals and other materials from trees are key ingredients in paint, varnish, adhesives, asphalt, artificial vanilla flavoring, cereals, chewing gum, hair spray, mouthwash, soaps and shampoos, tires and many, many other things — even toothpaste.
Every American uses over a ton of wood each year! Click here to learn more about the “Stuff We Get From Trees”.
How many times will a tree touch your life today? Click here to learn about the “Environmental Benefits of Wood Products”.