• UAM recognized as a Tree Campus of Higher Education
• Silviculture Class Plants Tree Near Clocktower
• Importance of Trees Explained
By Lon Tegels
College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Arkansas at Monticello
Arkansas Forest Resources Center
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Monticello, AR- The University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) recently observed Arbor Day by hosting a tree dedication and educational program. The event was held on April 27 at the Centennial Clock Tower on the Monticello campus and was attended by a group of about 50 people, including Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Rex Nelson,who was on campus to write an article about Monticello’s campus.
During the event, experts from the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources (CFANR) and the Forestry Division of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture spoke about the importance of trees for the environment and for communities.
Dr. Peggy Doss, Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, emphasized the value of urban trees for communities, stating that “trees provide a variety of benefits such as energy savings on campus, reducing carbon dioxide and offering green space, which is important for mental health benefits for students, staff and faculty.”
In addition, Kristine Kimbro of the Arkansas Forestry Division discussed requirements for Tree Campus Higher Education recognition, of which UAM has been a member since 2012. She noted that “establishing a tree board, submitting a tree care plan annually, including dedicated annual expenditures, observations of Arbor Day, and implementing a service-learning project engaging the student body” were all essential criteria for recognition.
The tree planting ceremony featured demonstrations by Dr. Blazier, Dean of the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and students from the UAM silviculture class on how to select a tree species and site, score tree roots and plant, mulch and stake a tree. The group planted a bur oak for the dedication. Silviculture students are slated to plant a couple more trees elsewhere on campus in the near future.
The Arbor Day event at UAM highlighted the importance of trees for the environment and communities and showcased the University’s commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship.
About the Arkansas Center for Forest Business
Established in 2021, Arkansas Center for Forest Business is part of the University of Arkansas, College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Center provides technical assistance for market-based solutions to forest resource challenges, programs for degree and post-baccalaureate education, and information on timber supply, forest products markets and operational efficiency.
The Center for Forest Business will provide market-based economic solutions to forest resource issues, improving business practices for forest enterprises, and enhancing the economic competitiveness.
About the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center
The College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center, a University of Arkansas System Center of Excellence, brings together interdisciplinary expertise through a partnership between the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The College and Center are headquartered at the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus, but their programs range statewide with the mission of developing and delivering teaching, research, and extension programs that enhance and ensure the sustainability and productivity of forest-based natural resources and agricultural systems. Academic programs are delivered by the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources through the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Through the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, research is administered by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, and extension and outreach activities are coordinated by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
The University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offer all of their programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of twenty entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all seventy-fivecounties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.