The War of 1812 Society members help celebrate Earth Day at WSU Arboretum

PULLMAN, WA - Today (Tuesday) is Earth Day, which is a perfect time to recognize the importance of trees and their role in protecting the planet.

Washington State University celebrated by planting a special Butternut sapling in its Arboretum, and dedicating it to American Pioneer George Washington Bush. He's famous for settling in the territory that eventually became Washington State, and for planting Butternut Trees in the region.

"The person who brought the seeds over for the tree that we're honoring today, his son was the person who wrote the legislation to create Washington State University," said War of 1812 Society Registrar Stan Wills.