The University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) will host a tree dedication and educational program on Thursday, April 28, in observance of Arbor Day.
The hour-long program will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Centennial Clock Tower on the Monticello campus. A host of experts from the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources (CFANR) and the Forestry Division of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture will speak during the pool program.
Dr. Peggy Doss, chancellor of UAM, will address UAM’s commitment to Tree Campus USA. Dr. Pradip Saud, assistant professor in the UAM CFANR, will present on the value of urban trees for communities, and Kristine Kimbro of the Forestry Division will speak about the urban tree grant program available through the Forestry Division of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. Dr. Mohammad Bataineh, associate professor in the UAM CFANR, will discuss common tree health issues in urban versus natural environments.
During the tree planting, Dr. Lynne Thompson, a retired professor from the UAM CFANR, Dr. Michael Blazier, dean of the UAM CFANR, Harold Fisher of the Forestry Division and students enrolled in the UAM silviculture class will demonstrate how to select a tree species and site, how to score tree roots and how to plant, mulch and stake a tree. They will also cover post-planting tree care, such as watering, pruning and fertilization.
Food will be served during the program, and interested parties are invited to join the UAM silviculture class after the ceremony to plant two additional trees on campus.
UAM has achieved recognition as a Tree Campus Higher Education institution since 2012. The Arbor Day Foundation recognizes colleges and universities that promote healthy trees and engage students and staff in the spirit of conservation. There are five core standards for effective campus forest management which include the establishment of a campus tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for the campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
For more information, contact the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources at (870) 460-1052.