West Virginia, rich in beauty and history, celebrates Arbor Day

It’s hard to think about West Virginia without John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Road” coming to mind. The scenic beauty and hilly landscape give the state a certain lore.

Today, the Mountain State celebrates Arbor Day, as it always does the second Friday in April. While a number of communities mark the holiday today, others will hold their activities later this month.

The Division of Forestry has more details here. Today, for example, more than 100 trees are being planted in Huntington at Ritter Park fountain.

In the Foundation’s 2012 West Virginia State Report, we highlighted Beverly Creel, a member from Parkersburg who has impressively been planting membership trees since 1988. Arbor Day Foundation members in West Virginia have planted 85,259 trees in total.

Harpers Ferry, pictured above, is heavily forested and a hotbed of history. The lower portion of the town is part of Harpers Ferry National Park, but the rest operates independently. It is best known by abolitionist John Brown’s 1859 raid during the Civil War. Today, many visit for both the history and for outdoor activities like hiking, rafting and biking. The Appalachian Trail also passes through Harpers Ferry.

The State of West Virginia is currently home to 15 Tree City USA communities. The largest Tree City USA in West Virginia is Huntington, population 49,129; the smallest is Harpers Ferry, population 310.