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The offices of the MS Forestry Commission will be closed on Monday, April 28, 2014 in observance of Confederate Memorial Day.


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Arbor Day in Mississippi

Second Friday in February


Tree planting festivals have been popular dating back to the earliest days of civilization. Sacred trees, planted roadsides and shaded school walks were common long before North America was discovered.  


But Arbor Day is purely American in origin. It was first observed in the State of Nebraska in 1872.  


 Celebrate Arbor Day

At Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1882, they held their first Arbor Day and introduced two new elements into observance. First, the day was declared a school festival, and second the practice of planting a memorial tree was inaugurated. These new developments were largely responsible for the acceptance of Arbor Day over the rest of the United States.


It wasn’t until 1926 in Mississippi that Arbor Day became an official day of observance. In section 5, Chapter 161 of the 1926 Mississippi Code, the State and County Boards of Education were directed to set aside a special day each year in the public schools.


. . .”on which day ornamental and shade trees, flowers, etc., are to be placed where practical on the grounds surrounding all public school houses.” Later, the second Friday in February was firmly adopted as the day on which the state would annually observe Arbor Day.


View Arbor Day and Tree Planting Week Proclamation by Governor Bryant

2014 Mississippi Arbor Day Celebration at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Love Trees? So Do We!.  Join us for the 2014 Mississippi Arbor Day Celebration Friday, February 14, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.    


Sponsored by MMNS, MDWFP, MFC, MFA, MDEQ, MSWCC, MACD, NRCS, Hinds County SWCD, USFS, MSU Extension Service, and PLT.


Annual Arbor Day Poster/Photo Contest

2014 Poster Contest - “Love Trees!”


Love TreesWe invite you and your students to participate in the 28th Arbor Day/Earth Day Poster Contest. The contest is a fun and valuable way to learn about trees. This year the statewide contest theme was changed due to the fun fact that Arbor Day is also on February 14th, Valentine’s Day. You may select any educational material of your choice and please note the contest includes 4th-6th grade students this year. You can find educational material and curriculums at the National Arbor Day Foundation,, Project Learning Tree at, also “Visit a Forest Journey” and “Natures Numbers” at the MS Museum of Natural Science. You can also find forest activities at


Prizes: Student and Teachers receive cash prizes and statewide recognition.

1st place- $300 each, 2nd- $150 each, 3rd- $50 each

Enter By: April 30, 2014 (Arbor Day is February 14th/ Earth Day is April 22nd)
What: Submit one school winning poster or classroom winning poster. Include the School Winner Report Form with teacher email contact information.  (Student can only submit one poster).
Where: Mail to the Mississippi Urban Forest Council, 164 Trace Cove Drive, Madison, MS 39110


Judging Criteria:

  • Subject matter, Size: Minimum- 81/2’ X 11’ up to maximum 18” x 14” 
  • Ensure theme is easy to read and the lettering of theme is consistent
  • Poster elements are well spaced and viewed from a distance
  • Use of color and attention to detail, including trees, expressions of leaves, bark, fruit, flowers, people, wildlife and places in the community is encouraged
  • Attach report form to back of poster 
  • One entry per student
School Winn

2014 Photo Contest.

  • photo contest for adults and older students.   The photo contest must be of a tree or trees in a Mississippi community. Complete a submission form with photo. Enter by emailing the photo in low resolution and size to MUFC at or you may mail a copy to the Mississippi Urban Forest Council, 164 Trace Cove Drive, Madison, MS 39110.  Award: $200  Enter by April 30, 2014.


The Arbor Day Poster and Photo contests are hosted by the Mississippi Urban Forest Council in partnership with the Mississippi Forestry Commission, the USDA Forest Service and the Southern Group of State Foresters.