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Quotes & Stats

Incorporating quotes from well-known names and informational statistics into a program or presentation can enhance your Arbor Day Celebration. And there are plenty to choose from.

  • J. Sterling Morton Quotes

    The cultivation of flowers and trees is the cultivation of the good, the beautiful, and the ennobling in man, and for one, I wish to see this culture become universal.

    Arbor Day…which has already transplanted itself…to every state in the American Union and has even been adopted in foreign lands…is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.

    …how much more enduring are the animate trees of our planting. They grow and self-perpetuate themselves and shed yearly blessings on our race.

    …all the people strive on Arbor Day to plant many, many trees, both forest and fruit. May the day and the observance thereof be cherished in every household, and its name and fruits become as a shower of blessing to the long lines of generations who shall succeed us.

    Each generation takes the earth as trustees. We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed.

  • Other Tree Quotes

    The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.

    John Muir

    Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets. To plant a pine, one need only own a shovel.

    Aldo Leopold

    I never before knew the full value of trees. Under them I breakfast, dine, write, read and receive my company.

    Thomas Jefferson

    He that plants trees loves others beside himself.

    Thomas Fuller

    Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.

    Rachel Carson

    The time is always ripe to do right.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The best friend on earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on earth.

    Frank Lloyd Wright

    I am myself and what is around me, and if I do not save it, it shall not save me.

    Jose Ortega Y Gasset

    He who plants a tree plants a hope.

    Lucy Larcom

    Holy Mother Earth, the trees and all nature are witnesses of your thoughts and deeds.

    Winnebago Saying

    The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

    Genesis 1:12

    To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, and to live as a people, we must have trees.

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

    Margaret Mead

    A people without children would face a hopeless future: a country without trees is almost as hopeless; forests which are so used that they cannot renew themselves will soon vanish, and with them, all their benefits.

    Theodore Roosevelt

    I am the heat of your hearth, the shade screening you from the sun; I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table; I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your homestead, the wood of your cradle, and the shell of your coffin. I am the gift of God and the friend of man.


    The forests are the flags of Nature. They appeal to all and awaken inspiring universal feelings. Enter the forest and the boundaries of nations are forgotten. It may be that some time an immortal pine will be the flag of a united and peaceful world.

    Enos A. Mills

    In the woods we return to reason and faith.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    No shade tree? Blame not the sun but yourself.

    Chinese Proverb

    Trees are the Earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

    Rabindranath Tagore

    We make an immense mistake when we think of trees as solely an aesthetic member of a community. They cut pollution, they cool the air, they prevent erosion, they muffle sound, they produce oxygen. Then, after all that, they look good.

    Dr. Richard Leakey
  • Tree Statistics

    The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.

    U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Trees can boost the market value of your home by an average of 6 or 7 percent.

    Dr. Lowell Ponte

    Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent.

    Management Information Services/ICMA

    One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.

    U.S. Department of Agriculture

    There are about 60–200 million spaces along our city streets where trees could be planted. This translates to the potential to absorb 33 million more tons of CO2 every year and saving $4 billion in energy costs.

    National Wildlife Federation

    Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20–50 percent in energy used for heating.

    USDA Forest Service

    Trees can be a stimulus to economic development, attracting new business and tourism. Commercial retail areas are more attractive to shoppers, apartments rent more quickly, tenants stay longer, and space in a wooded setting is more valuable to sell or rent.

    Arbor Day Foundation

    Shade from trees could save up to $175 per year (per structure) in air conditioning costs.

    Dr. Lowell Ponte

    Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10 percent to a property's value.

    USDA Forest Service

    The planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams.

    USDA Forest Service

    In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension.

    Dr. Roger S. Ulrich, Texas A&M University

    Nationally, the 60 million street trees have an average value of $525 per tree.

    Management Information Services