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MUSC Arboretum receives national certification

Contact: Tony Ciuffo
Office: (843)792-2626
ciuffo@musc.edu       
 
CHARLESTON – The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Arboretum will receive its Tree Campus USA certification at 12 p.m. at the Horseshoe as part of its National Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 26.
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.
The Tree Campus USA announcement and dedication will be led by Dr. Jerry Reves, MUSC Arboretum board chairman, and Dr. Mark Sothman, vice president for academic affairs and provost.
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 Arbor Day celebration will include several learning workshops around campus, and various vendors and sponsors will be present, including:
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 and lunch for sale 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

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