Arbor Day encourages people to appreciate the trees around them

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COLUMBIA - The cold weather might have taken over April, but the trees are finally coming into bloom.

Friday is National Arbor Day, a holiday that encourages people to plant trees.

The first American Arbor Day took place in 1872, when an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska alone.

Although it is national holiday, states sometimes set their own Arbor Day to mark the start of the tree-planting season. Missouri held its own on April 7.

Missouri also has a state tree. The flowering dogwood was recognized in 1955.

The University of Missouri was recently recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for its promotion of healthy trees and engaging students in conservation.