Arbor Day in the Dominican Republic Date in the current year: May 5, 2016

Arbor Day in the Dominican Republic Arbor Day, also known as Tree Planting Day, is a holiday celebrated in many countries. Each country selects its own date depending on the suitable tree planting season. For example, the Dominican Republic celebrates its Arbor Day on May 5.

The Dominican Republic is located on the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. About 50% of the island are covered with the Hispaniolan moist forests, approximately 20% of the island is occupied by the Hispaniolan dry forests, and the mountainous 15% is occupied by the Hispaniolan pine forests.

Haiti has seen a dramatic deforestation due to the excessive use of charcoal. The Dominican Republic used to suffer from deforestation, too, but several policies of the Dominican government and conservation organizations have helped increase forest cover. A strong educational campaign that includes Arbor Day has contributed greatly, raising awareness of the Dominican people of the importance of forests for their welfare and the ecosystem.

Arbor Day in the Dominican Republic was established by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. The Ministry holds events aimed at promoting Arbor Day and raising awareness of the importance of tree conservation. These events includes lectures, discussions, exhibitions and reforestation campaigns.

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