UAM To Celebrate Arbor Day This Week

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MONTICELLO  — The University of Arkansas at Monticello is celebrating Arbor Day with a week of activities culminating with a community-wide cook-out and ceremony Thursday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Centennial Clock Tower.

Sponsored by the UAM Building and Grounds Committee, University Tree Board and the Office of Student Programs and Activities, the weeks events spotlight UAM’s involvement in the Tree Campus USA program.

tv_News 10dbUAM was one of 10 winners of the 2014 Tree Campus USA / Celebrate Arbor Day contest sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota. The contest encouraged campuses to celebrate Arbor Day and awarded prizes to the top 10 college campuses with the most votes for their Arbor Day celebration plans for spring 2015.

Activities for UAM’s 2015 celebration include a Scavenger Hunt, placement of Arbor Day signs listing the benefits of trees at various locations around campus and placement of Tree Campus USA banners.

UAM students mulched approximately 100 trees on campus as a student services project.
Other activities include a Quiz Bowl on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The Arbor Day ceremony and cook-out will include members of the Monticello Tree Board and fourth grade students from nearby elementary schools. The ceremony will include Monticello Tree City USA and UAM Tree Campus USA presentations. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Spencer Gallery of the Fine Arts Center.

Other schools selected as winners in the Tree Campus USA / Celebrate Arbor Day contest were Berry (Ga.) College, Colorado State University, Morrisville State (N.Y.) College, the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Alaska-Anchorage, the University of Connecticut, the University of Vermont,Wabash Valley (Ill.) College, and Washington & Jefferson (Penn.) College.

Tree Campus USA is a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation with support from Toyota. The program honors college campuses and leaders of their communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.

For more information, contact Chris Stuhlinger, university forester, at (870) 460-1052.

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