Thanks to a generous parent, William Woods University recently received more than 50 donated trees to aid in campus beautification, and in honor of National Arbor Day, “The Woods” got more populated.
The parent, Bill Spradley of Trees, Forests, Landscapes Inc. in Kirkwood, Mo., planted three additional trees April 24 and led a campus tour explaining the project. Spradley and members of the William Woods science faculty discussed the need for plants in certain locations, what reforestation is and why biodiversity is important and the value of planting Missouri native trees, as well as how students, alumni and the community could get involved.
In March, Spradley and one of his suppliers, Mike Rood of Pea Ridge Forest in Hermann, Mo., donated more than 50 trees and brought their crews to campus to help with the planting. Spradley was moved to make his generous donation because his daughter, Kelcie, is a freshman at William Woods—and, because of the economy, he had overstocked inventory and time available for the project.
Biodiversity and reforestation efforts included the 12th Street entrance to campus, replacing trees damaged by ice storms, planting trees native to Missouri, improving the natural look of the campus lake areas and providing color during different seasons.
CUTLINE: Quentin Plaster, 5, does his part to plant a tree on the William Woods University campus during an Arbor Day celebration. The son of Nicole and Gus Plaster of Fulton, he attends Fulton Preschool on the WWU campus. Also participating in the intergenerational event were current students, alumni and faculty, including a 92-year-old retired biology professor.