Salmon-Challis National Forest Plans Arbor Day Celebration

Release Date: Apr 20, 2018  

SALMON, Idaho – The Salmon-Challis National Forest will celebrate Arbor Day 2018 on Friday, April 27.  In honor of this day, the Forest, in cooperation with the University of Idaho Extension Office in Custer County and the Idaho Forest Products Commission will be giving away free ponderosa pine seedlings and tree planting information bags at the following locations and times:

  • Public Lands Center (1206 S. Challis St., Salmon, 208-756-5100): 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • North Fork Ranger District Office (11 Casey Rd., North Fork, 208-865-2700): 8 a.m. - close
  • Leadore Ranger District Office (103 Ranger Street, Leadore, 208-768-2500): 8 a.m. - close
  • Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District (311 N. US Hwy. 93, Challis, 208-879-4100): 11 a.m. - close
  • Lost River Ranger District Office (716 W. Custer, Mackay, 208-588-3400): 8 a.m. - close

Ponderosa pine seedling quantities are limited.  In an attempt to share as many trees with the community as possible, only 1-2 seedlings will be given per person.  At the end of the event, any remaining trees will be available at the front desk of each of the offices listed above.  For additional information please contact the respective office listed above. 

Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care.  The simple act of planting a tree represents a tree will grow and, some day, provide wood products, wildlife habitat, erosion control, shelter from the wind and sun, and beauty around us.

Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, Nebraska. In Idaho, we celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday in April each year. "There's Nothing Like Idaho Forests" is the theme for Arbor Day this year. Trees are one of Idaho's greatest renewable resources. This Arbor Day, look to Idaho's forests and get out and enjoy all of the benefits that they provide to us.