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Arboretum receives Tree Campus USA Certification

MUSC’s arboretum will receive its Tree Campus USA certification on National Arbor Day, celebrated on April 26. The celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Tree Campus USA designation honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

National Arbor Day Celebration
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 26

9 – 10 a.m.: “Attracting birds and wildlife to the garden,” presented by Mary Helpern, MUSC Urban Farm at the Butterfly Garden (Basic Science Building/Ashley Avenue)

10:15 – 11: 15 a.m.: “Designing and maintaining a backyard orchard,” demonstrated by Jimmy Kirby, Angel Oak Nursery, at the Urban Farm

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Exhibitors and vendors in Horseshoe and lunch for sale in the Horseshoe

Noon – 12:15 p.m.: Tree Campus USA announcement and dedication by Dr. Jerry Reves, MUSC Arboretum board chairman, and Dr. Mark Sothman, vice president for academic affairs and provost, in the Horseshoe

12:15 – 1 p.m.: Proper tree planting and establishment by Nathan Dubosh, MUSC campus arborist, in the Horseshoe

1 – 3 p.m.:  Tree plantings will be held at several locations around campus. Participants will meet by the flag in the Horseshoe.       

3 – 4 p.m.: MUSC Arboretum advisory board meeting

To obtain this distinction, MUSC had to meet the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including the establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.

The Tree Campus USA designation will ensure a perpetual landscape plan for the campus, requiring that landscape planning be included in all new construction and renovation plans.

Purposely by plan, and as trees and selected plants need replacing on campus, the full variety of native specimens will be planted to form the basis of a comprehensive collection of flora native to the Lowcountry to celebrate the natural environment of Charleston, surrounding islands and coastal plain.  

The Arbor Day celebration will include several learning workshops around campus and various vendors and sponsors will be present, including:

  • Tree services and arborist
  • Landscaping and gardening services
  • Landscape and garden supply companies
  • Local and state forestry and parks services
  • Artists, photographers, sculptors and carvers with a focus on trees, nature and wood
  • Vendors selling lunch

For information, visit http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/arboretum/.

April 23, 2013
 
 
 

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