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April 25, 2023

Tree Campus Arbor Day tree planting Thursday, April 27

Submitted by Catherine Lavis

K-State has been a recognized Tree Campus Higher Education Campus, an Arbor Day Foundation program, since 2013. This week, arboriculture students will plant four trees to celebrate Arbor Day, which is Friday, April 28, in Kansas. 

To celebrate K-State's 10 years of being recognized as a Tree Campus Higher Education Campus, students will plant a Sawtooth Oak at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, April 27, for President Richard and First Lady Sally Linton. This tree will be planted near the first Tree Campus tree planted in 2013, a Northern Red Oak, on the west side of Eisenhower Hall, just north of Anderson Hall. All members of the campus community are invited to attend this short ceremony.

Students will also plant a new Zig-Zag redbud in the south lawn of Dykstra Hall; a Tuliptree on the back lawn of the President's Residence, and a Wildfire Black Gum on the south lawn area of Hale Library.

In addition, arboriculture students will host a tree educational display table between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in Water Hall's quad. You will also witness students climbing the Green Ash using a rope and harness system. This is a system used by professional arborists to perform tree work in conjunction with a bucket truck system.

"Since 2013, arboriculture students have planted 45 trees on our campus for Arbor Day," said Catherine Lavis, instructor of horticulture and natural resources. "As we look around our campus and community landscapes, we see beautiful, large, aging trees, sadly we do not see a good interplanting of new trees in many locations. We must continue to plant new trees every year to continue the legacy established by previous generations on our campus."

Read more about the Tree Campus Higher Education Campus recognition and the five annual standards K-State must meet to keep the recognition.