January 11, 1939
House Concurrent Resolution No. 2 of 1939 was introduced to designate the pine tree as Arkansas’s official state tree. The resolution, introduced by State Representative Boyd Tackett of Pike County, cited the state’s timber as one of its greatest sources of wealth and, notably, “one of the few renewable resources of the state.” The measure met no opposition and won final approval on January 20. The resolution did not specify a particular native pine species, but reference is often made to either the southern shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata) or the loblolly pine (Pinus taeda).