Celebrating Arbor Day in Bed-Stuy

Today is Arbor Day and for Million Trees NYC, an initiative with NYC Parks and NY Restoration Project, that means it's practically Christmas! To celebrate their holiday, Million Trees enlisted volunteers to plant 70 trees in a Bed-Stuy neighborhood.

Million Trees NYC relies on community volunteers to reach their million tree mark by 2017. But today's volunteers enjoying the pleasant weather were employees from corporate partners Toyota, BNP Paribas Bank, and Home Depot. Rosa Iaccono, a volunteer from BNP Paribas, managed to maintain perfectly clean white Converse All-Star tennis shoes in her first tree-planting experience.

"I didn't think it would be this much work, but it is," Iaccono said. "We came into a few problems with rocks, and it's actually harder than I thought it would be. But it's fun."

Arbor Day began in 1872 when Julius Sterling Morton, a journalist in Nebraska, proposed a day be set aside for tree planting and education. Since then the holiday has spread and is now celebrated around the world.

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