The University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) will host a tree dedication and educational program on Thursday, April 28, in celebration of Arbor Day.
The hour-long program will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Centennial Clock Tower on the Monticello campus. A host of experts from the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources (CFANR) and the Forestry Division of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture will speak during the program.
UAM Chancellor Dr. Peggy Doss will address UAM’s commitment to Tree Campus USA. Dr. Pradip Saud, assistant professor at UAM CFANR, will present the value of urban trees to communities, and Kristine Kimbro of the Forestry Division will talk about the urban tree grant program available through the Forestry Division of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. Dr. Mohammad Bataineh, Associate Professor at UAM CFANR, will discuss common tree health issues in urban versus natural environments.
During the tree planting, Dr. Lynne Thompson, retired UAM CFANR professor, Dr. Michael Blazier, Dean of UAM CFANR, Harold Fisher of the Division of Forestry, and students enrolled in the course UAM Silviculture will demonstrate how to select a tree species and site, how to mark tree roots, and how to plant, mulch, and stake a tree. They will also cover tree care after planting, such as watering, pruning, and fertilizing.
Food will be served during the program and those interested are invited to join the UAM Forestry course after the ceremony to plant two additional trees on campus.
UAM has been recognized as a Tree Campus institution of higher education since 2012. The Arbor Day Foundation recognizes colleges and universities that promote healthy trees and engage students and staff in the spirit of conservation. There are five fundamental standards for effective management of campus forests, including the establishment of a campus tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree maintenance plan, annual expenditures dedicated to the campus trees, celebrating Arbor Day, and sponsoring student service learning. projects.
For more information, contact the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources at (870) 460-1052.