Arbor Day Foundation plants 100 trees in Lincoln after 2-week rain delay

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Arbor Day is celebrated worldwide on the last Friday in April.

The Arbor Day Foundation was planning a large tree planting ceremony that day, but rain forced it to postpone the event not once, but twice.

Finally, there was a Friday that wasn’t so wet, May 13, and the foundation was able to hold the planting day.

Katie Loos, the chief operating officer for the foundation, explained why they couldn’t plant until Friday.

“The weather sometimes has a mind of its own, and we can’t control when it rains, and we want to plant trees when it’s in the right conditions for the trees to thrive in the earth as well,” Loos said.

This year is the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day and the 50th anniversary of the foundation, which is headquartered in Lincoln.

To celebrate, a few weeks ago, the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department planted 50 trees around Lincoln. And on Friday, the foundation and Parks and Rec planted 100 more trees at Roper Park.

Loos said that in the 50 years the foundation has been in existence, it has planted nearly 500 million trees.  She said the foundation hopes to plant another 500 million, but in just 5 years.

The foundation also wants people to know about the Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City.  It recently rebuilt its Apple House Market after a devastating fire in 2020.

The foundation said now is the perfect time of year to visit the Tree Adventure on the farm, which has a 2/3-mile trail that features rustic timber bridges and scenic vistas.

To learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation, visit

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