As the United States celebrates Arbor Day on Friday, April 30, Stevens Van Lines highlights two of its agents that show the spirit of Arbor Day year-round.
MoveGreen of Goleta, Calif., and Two Man Movers & Storage of Salt Lake City, Utah -- both interstate agents for Stevens Worldwide Van Lines -- plant trees for every move they perform.
MoveGreen plants 10 trees with every move and has a partnership with Trees for the Future, an international non-profit organization. Two Man Movers works with community organizations and plants five trees for every move.
Arbor Day began in 1872 and is celebrated on the last Friday in April. Founded by Detroit native J. Sterling Morton, the day encourages tree planting and care.
Morton had a career as a journalist and newspaper publisher in Nebraska. Pioneers in the West like Morton missed the trees they had seen in their childhoods in the East, and more importantly, trees were needed in the growing towns of the West to keep soil in place, for fuel, for building materials and for shade.
Morton used his public newspaper voice -- and later as secretary of the Nebraska Territory -- to encourage civic organizations to plant trees.
Morton proposed a tree-planting holiday -- with prizes and festivities -- and it was estimated that more than 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. Ten years later, the tradition of school children planting trees nationwide started.
Both MoveGreen and Two Man Movers, as well as mnay other agents in the Stevens nationwide network of agents, also are dedicated to many other environmentally sustainable practices, such as using bio-diesel powered trucks, reusing moving cartons whenever possible and using boxes made from recycled content.