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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • A celebration: HLGU to mark being Tree Campus USA site

  • Friday’s Arbor Day celebration at Hannibal-LaGrange University will have added significance as it marks its first Arbor Day since being designated a Tree Campus USA earlier this year.
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  • Friday’s Arbor Day celebration at Hannibal-LaGrange University will have added significance as it marks its first Arbor Day since being designated a Tree Campus USA earlier this year.
    Earning the Tree Campus USA recognition is especially significant since only a handful of months earlier (May 20, 2013) approximately 100 of the trees on campus were destroyed by high winds.
    Over two dozen trees have been replanted since the storm. This spring, five Norway Spruce, one bur oak and one downy serviceberry have been planted at various locations on campus.
    According to Dr. Judy Lemons, chairwoman of the HLGU Tree Advisory Committee, some of the recent plantings have been trees that bring HLGU closer to a goal of having one tree of every species native to Northeast Missouri on campus.
    “Of the 37 native trees for this Northeast Missouri area as listed in Missouri Conservation Department information, we will have all but three on our campus,” she said. “I hope to have these remaining three trees planted within a year.”
    After reaching its goal, HLGU will remain a tree-friendly campus.
    “We are planting trees each spring and fall as the budget permits to replace those lost in the May 2013 storm and to beautify our campus,” said Lemon, who learned in a Jan. 31 email that HLGU had been designated a Tree Campus USA.
    In order to qualify as a Tree Campus USA, a college or university must meet five core standards: creating a tree advisory committee, implementing a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual expenditures for a campus tree program, holding an Arbor Day observance, and establishing a student service-learning project. To retain the designation, HLGU must reapply each year explaining what was done to reach and maintain goals on campus.
    Tree Campus USA is a national program by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota that was launched in 2008 to honor colleges, universities, and their leaders for engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation, and for promoting healthy trees.
    Friday’s Arbor Day celebration on the HLGU campus will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Roland Fine Arts Center. Participating in the program will be representatives of the Hannibal Tree Board. Hannibal has been recognized as a Tree City USA for over a decade.

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