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Earth Day

The American conversation about protecting the environment began in the 1960s. Rachel Carson published her attack on the indiscriminate use of pesticides, Silent Spring, in 1962. Concern about air and water pollution had spread in the wake of disasters. An offshore oil rig in California fouled beaches with millions of gallons of spilled oil. Near Cleveland, Ohio, the Cuyahoga River, choking with chemical contaminants, had spontaneously burst into flames. Astronauts had begun photographing the Earth from space, heightening awareness that the Earth’s resources are finite.

To learn more about the holiday please visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency website.

Other resources:
Ask the Expert: Holidays in the Wild
Ask an Expert: Tree Selection and Planting
Tree Planting Part 1: Choosing a Tree
Forest Improvement Handbook
Financial and Tax Aspects of Tree Planting

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