- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A new Christmas tree will be planted in Fairbanks on Monday, Alaska’s observance of Arbor Day.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (https://is.gd/6FbtJQ) a tree is planned for the front of Creamer’s (CREE’-mers) Field Farmhouse to replace a white spruce, which was infested with spruce bark beetle and had to be cut down last October.

Charles and Anna Creamer planted the tree in the 1930s. Four decades later, they sold the farm to the state. Creamer’s Field is now a 2,000-acres wildlife refuge surrounding the Alaska Department of Fish and Game offices in Fairbanks.

A Christmas tree-lighting ceremony with the 70-foot spruce became an annual tradition at Creamer’s Field in the last 15 years.

The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska in 1872, when 1 million trees were planted statewide.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com

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