MONTICELLO, Ark. — Students, faculty and staff at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will plant a Shumard Oak on the campus quad on Tuesday, April 23 in observance of Arbor Day. The celebration will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Centennial Clock Tower on Tuesday. The annual event will include remarks by Chancellor Karla Hughes and student government representatives and will accompany a grilled hot dog lunch on the quad.
The event serves as one of the requirements for the campus to maintain its standing as a "Tree Campus USA," a designation granted by the Arbor Day Foundation. The other standards include maintaining a campus Tree Board comprised of staff, faculty and students; a campus-wide tree care plan which provides guidelines for proper tree planting, care and protection during construction activities and tree replacement; and an annual student service project, also part of the event's festivities. Student volunteers will assist maintenance staff with a tree-focused service activity on campus immediately following the remarks and lunch.
The Arbor Day Foundation's goal for establishing the Tree Campus USA program is to help colleges and universites around the country to establish and sustain healthy community forests. UAM was the first campus in the state of Arkansas to earn the Tree Campus USA designation in 2010, and is located in Monticello, recognized as a Tree City, USA. UAM owns the most land of all UA campuses, including 1,036 acres devoted to forestry research and instruction, as well as 300 acres used for agricultural teaching and research. It is home to the state's only college of forestry.