It’s Arbor Day in Arkansas

Today is Arbor Day in Arkansas, which like a handful of other states, celebrates the holiday earlier in the spring than National Arbor Day to correspond with the best time of year for planting.

North Carolina and Arizona both marked the holiday last Friday.

The best way to celebrate Arbor Day is by planting trees, and many Arkansans are already doing just that. In late January, Entergy launched its second-year partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation to offer free trees to customers through the Energy-Saving Trees program.

Nearly 2,000 Entergy customers in Arkansas ordered 3,384 trees to help shade their homes and reduce energy bills.

Entergy gave out a total of 7,000 trees to customers in four states – Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas – meaning Arkansans claimed nearly half of the trees available. Many learned about the Energy-Saving Trees program through the community news site Arkansas Matters.

Arbor Day Foundation members and others are encouraged to contact their utility providers about participating in Energy-Saving Trees.

The State of Arkansas is currently home to 40 Tree City USA communities, accounting for nearly one million people. The largest Tree City USA in Arkansas is Little Rock (pictured above), population 183,333; the smallest is Beaver, population 80.