Purdue to celebrate Arbor Day with tree planting event

April 25, 2012

Purdue will celebrate Arbor Day with a volunteer tree planting event on Thursday (April 26). Students, faculty and staff will team up to help plant 60 trees along Harrison Street.

The tree planting event will begin with a ceremony at 10 a.m. at a tent behind the Building Services and Grounds (BSG) building. Following the ceremony, there will be a tree planting demonstration and the volunteer tree planting. The Arbor Day Foundation is providing lunch for all volunteers. Lunch will be served upon completion of the planting.

To sign up to volunteer, visit https://arbordaynow.volunteermatch.org/campaign/project_detail.jsp?id=1077489.

"This recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation highlights Purdue's commitment to the importance of trees on our campus," says Michael Gulich, director of sustainability. "Trees provide ecosystem services such as shade, microclimate mitigation, water and air filtration, stormwater mitigation, habitat, and learning opportunities, and trees also provide an aesthetic that our campus community expects."

The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have given 60 trees (a mix of Acer Miyabi, 'State Street', Zelkova 'Green Vase', Ulmus 'Frontier', and B&B Quercus shumardii) to Purdue as part of Tree Campus USA. Purdue is one of only seven universities to be honored for 2012 in this tree planting grant program.

Purdue has also been granted the designation of Tree Campus USA for the third year in a row. This honor recognizes the size, scope diversity, and maintenance of Purdue's 8,000-tree arboretum, which spans the entire campus. The Tree Campus USA designation was awarded to 149 colleges and universities this year.

"I'm excited about this opportunity to add to our tree population through the generosity of the Arbor Day Foundation. We are grateful for their support and encouragement," says Tim Detzner, Purdue arborist.