• Ten Trees added to UAM Campus
• New trees are an educational tool
• Arkansas Forestry Division donates five plants
Trees don’t last forever. Sometimes drought, wind, or disease can take a tree from us. This month, UAM emeritus and campus volunteer Lynne Thompson initiated a sapling-planting project.
“UAM desires to increase the diversity of woody plant species on its campus to enhance a variety of plants available to students so UAM can use them as an educational tool in our plant identification classes,” he said.
“To increase plant variety, the campus needs to introduce more new species and more plants where we have few individuals,” said Thompson. “This can be done by identifying badly needed species and getting them growing on campus.”
“Finding forest run saplings is how this project got started. I asked Arkansas Forestry Division staff forester, Chandler Barton if they could get the word out to County Foresters that we were looking for certain species and could identify potential plants. Then I or their foresters could dig them up and transplant them to campus.”
Thompson said, “some of the plants are physically available on campus, some are not.” He added, “for those plants not on campus, UAM has to haul our students to them off campus, on field trips, which is an expensive and time-consuming venture.”
“To increase plant variety, the campus needs to introduce more new species and more plants where we have few individuals,”said Thompson. “This can be done by identifying badly needed species and getting them growing on campus.”
Barton and Urban Forestry Coordinator Krissy Kimbro located a nursery with five trees on our “species needed” list. The Forestry Division offered to purchase and donate them to UAM. Thompson said since UAM would need more of these species, UAM purchased a second set of trees.
Two saplings were planted by the Museum (basswood and red mulberry), two medium-sized swamp privet plants were planted by a “wet drainage” in the arboretum, and five saplings were planted in the Forestry Park (2 witch-hazel, one basswood andtwo black locusts). One red mulberry was planted on the west side of the apartments, where we had much better soil.
Thompson will be placing a flag on the stakes next to the plants to make them more visible to mowers.
The species planted on the UAM Campus include:
• American Basswood
• Red Mulberry
• Swamp Privet
• Black Locust
Thompson (UAM Campus Volunteer) will continue this spring and summer to ensure that the plants are protected from fire ants and deer and add water as needed. Thompson started at the UAM Campus 41 years ago with the School of Forestry in 1980 and retired in 2010. He volunteers on many projects, including UAM Campus Arbor Day and city tree-planting projects.
“UAM needs to thank the Arkansas Forestry Division for donating five species, especially Chandler Barton, for doing the legwork to get the saplings ordered. Chandler and the Monticello Forestry Division staff hauled the trees from the nursery near London, Arkansas to UAM,” said Thompson. Thompson and campus crew member Wade Barnard spent Friday and Monday planting the saplings in locations with suitable habitats and soils.
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 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties 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.
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