A new organization at William Woods University focuses on maintaining the natural beauty of campus through the trees.
The group, “Knowing the Woods,” is a descendent of Tree Campus USA, an organization that focuses on sustaining healthy community forests and improving tree management.
“Knowing the Woods” aims to educate both the campus and the community about the benefits of continuing a tree’s life, and the proper ways to do so.
Club members will host events on campus and in the community, providing information about the benefits of having trees on campus. Members will also explain the care involved in properly maintaining a tree’s health.
In addition, club members will conduct a tree inventory on campus and promote participation in Arbor Day, a nationally celebrated day that encourages tree planting and care.
An interest in trees and nature comes naturally for Kelcie Spradley, WWU sophomore and club president. Her father, Bill Spradley, is the owner of Trees, Forests, Landscapes, Inc. in Kirkwood, Mo.
Last year, as part of a campus beautification effort, he donated approximately 40 trees and other plants to WWU, as well as a crew of certified arborists to plant them.
Spradley plans to continue her father’s efforts through the club. She explains that Knowing the Woods does not focus on the college going green, but rather on “nature staying green.”
The organization will host its first event at 7 p.m. March 31 in the Library Auditorium. Members will briefly describe their group and its purpose, and will show “Seasonal Forests,” a film from the “Planet Earth” series.
Bill and Kelcie Spradley on the William Woods University campus.