Cameron University to commemorate Arbor Day with tree planting ceremony

Cameron University will hold its annual Arbor Day observance on Wednesday, April 18 at 12:30 p.m.  Members of Dr. Mike Dunn’s Botany class will be on hand to assist with the planting of a Blue Spruce on the north side of the Sciences Complex. The ceremony is open to the public.

“The Cameron University campus, once a barren landscape devoid of trees, is now populated with a diverse variety of specimens that not only add eye appeal but which play a role in environmental stability,” says Dr. Terry Conley, Chair, Department of Agriculture, Biology and Health Sciences. “Not only do the trees around the Cameron campus provide shade and visual beauty, they also signify our responsibility to act as good stewards of the environment.”

A popular ornamental conifer, the Blue Spruce is often featured as a landscaping focal point, thanks to its silvery blue-green color and perfect Christmas tree shape. It withstands wind better than most spruces and is very long-lived – the oldest Blue Spruce on record is more than 600 years old. At maturity, the Blue Spruce grows to a height of 50 to 75 feet with a spread of 10 to 20 feet. Some Native American tribes used the Blue Spruce as a traditional medicinal plant and as a ceremonial item. Twigs are given as gifts to bring good fortune. 

The first Arbor Day was observed in Nebraska in 1872, when an estimated one million trees were planted. Arbor Day is now observed in all 50 states on varying dates in accordance with local climates.

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April 17, 2018