The Arkansas Famous and Historic Tree Program was established on National Arbor Day, April 25, 1997 during a public ceremony on the state capitol grounds in Little Rock. The purpose of this program is to create a greater awareness and appreciation of the state’s trees through the recognition of their historical background. This state historic tree program was developed in 1996 through a cooperative effort between Arkansas State Parks, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Department of Arkansas Heritage (represented by both the Natural Heritage Commission and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program) and Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs.
- 1. Preservation To promote understanding and appreciation of Arkansas’s trees and their significance to national and/or state history. To promote preservation of the state’s distinguished trees by identifying, documenting and preserving trees associated with historical events, people, institutions, landmarks or those trees that show a significant horticultural or structural accomplishment for the state or country. To promote environmental responsibility and stewardship to protect and preserve our state’s famous and historic trees for future generations.
- 2. Education To promote education using trees as living textbooks to learn about national and/or state history and the environment. There are two main educational directions: Historical To learn about American and/or Arkansas history through trees that serve as living memorials to historic events and people. Environmental To develop an environmental awareness about the abundant natural resources of trees in the “The Natural State” of Arkansas. Resulting benefits will include horticultural education, tree appreciation, landscape improvements and environmental conservation and responsibility.