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Tree Planting at Jackson State University

November 6, 2008

I heard a interesting report on tree planting at one of Mississippi’s universities and had to find out more. I have planted trees before, and I remember (vaguely) hearing about Arbor day from my school days. The university’s official bulletin from the day before the scheduled event describes it pretty well.

From Jackson State University‘s website:

Jackson State University to host national tree planting event – Oct. 28

(Jackson, Miss) – Jackson State University will host a news conference and tree planting celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008 at 11 a.m. as part of the national Campus Tree Tour 2008 sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota.

Jackson State will become the third college campus in the nation to earn the designation Tree Campus USA in honor of the university’s commitment to promote healthy urban forest management and to engage in environmental stewardship.

Wayne Goodwin, Jackson State assistant vice president for Facilities and Construction Management, said the designation falls in line with Jackson State’s longstanding commitment to promoting “green” standards on campus.

“We’re proud to earn this designation,” Goodwin said. “This ties in with the university’s Think Green campaign and with us being environmentally conscious.” Jackson State is one of only nine schools to earn the best practices Arbor Day Foundation designation. Eighty campuses sought the honor. The other honorees include University of Nebraska  Lincoln, University of Michigan, Northern Kentucky University, Virginia Tech, Oregon State University, The University of Texas at Austin, University of California, San Diego; and Arizona State University.

Jackson State’s tree-planting celebration will be held on campus at the Student Center located on the corner of Lynch and Dalton streets.

About 100 student volunteers, JSU administrators and Arbor Day and Toyota officials are expected to plant a total of 70 large trees.

This made me curious, what is the Tree Campus USA Program? Well, turns out, it is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation. This program recognizes college and university campuses that:

  • Effectively manage their campus trees.
  • Develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy, urban forests.
  • Strive to engage their student population utilizing service learning opportunities centered on campus, and community, forestry efforts.

I am so happy to see that a Mississippi university is one of the schools on this campus tree tour.  Mississippi is well known for forestry management and responsible timber harvesting. To see additional tree planting and tree appreciation is wonderful for the state.

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