Arbor Day Tree Planting Planned at ‘The Woods’

Thanks to a generous parent, William Woods University recently received more than 50 donated trees to aid in campus beautification.


In honor of National Arbor Day, April 24, the parent, Bill Spradley of Trees, Forests, Landscapes Inc. in Kirkwood, Mo., will plant three remaining trees and lead a campus tour explaining the project.


Spradley and members of the William Woods science faculty will gather at 2 p.m. at the Aldridge Recreation Center for the tree planting and tour. They will discuss 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 can get involved. 


The date marks the start of Alumni Weekend, so alumni, as well as WWU students, will participate. To make this an intergenerational event, children from Fulton Preschool, too, will pick up tiny shovels and pitch in. The community also is welcome to attend.


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.