Beer Talk - Round Twelve - Arbor Day

We are officially in the final week of our “Brews for Branches: Establishing Roots one Bud at a time” program. We want to thank all of you who have already participated by purchasing an 18 pack of Budweiser or Bud Light, and also want to thank those in advance for purchasing this final week!

Doll Distributing is proud to be partnered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to help in their efforts to maintain and grow Iowa’s forests and wildlife habitat. Habitat is crucial to the existence of Iowa wildlife, such as the Bald Eagle, who uses trees to build their nests as a safe home for their babies to hatch.

Do you know how Arbor Day got its start? Well, grab something to drink, make yourself cozy and let me tell you a little story. Way back in 1854 J. Sterling Morton and his wife moved to Nebraska from Detroit. These two loved the outdoors and made sure their new homestead was surrounded by beautiful flowers, shrubs, and trees. Unfortunately, trees were not abundant in Nebraska and many other pioneers were feeling the pains as they were much needed as windbreaks, for building materials, and shade from the sweltering summer sun.

On January 4, 1872, J. Sterling Morton decided enough was enough, and trees needed to be at the forefront of everyone's mind! He proposed a tree-planting holiday called “Arbor Day” during a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture and to his appeasement, everyone loved the idea. April 10th, 1872 was our very first Arbor Day and over ONE MILLION trees were planted in Nebraska on that day! Throughout history, more states accepted the holiday until it became a legal day in 1882.

So today, we ask for your help in keeping the tradition of planting trees alive and well! The earth thanks you greatly!