The newly formed Rotaract Club of William Woods University celebrated Arbor Day and Earth Day with the planting of a redbud Friday. The tree was planted on the east side of the Cox Science and Language Building and the University Information Technology building.
During the event, William Woods University was honored by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA for the sixth year in a row. In 2010, WWU was the first university in Missouri to achieve this status. Angela George, a resource forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation, presented WWU’s Tree Campus USA recognition plaque and materials.
Student organizations at William Woods have celebrated Arbor Day each year since 2009, working with generous donors to plant new trees on campus. Trees have been planted in honor of people and in honor of a graduating class, but mostly to enhance the biodiversity of The Woods. Truescape and its owner, Nathan Real, donated this year’s tree.
Scott Miniea, social media strategist at WWU, helps organize Arbor Day events and has participated in every Arbor Day celebration at William Woods.
“My favorite thing about the WWU Arbor Day observance is the fact that it offers a time for us to reflect on how lucky we are to have such a beautiful campus. Because our faculty, staff and students focus on tree care and work to ensure the trees on campus demonstrate biodiversity, our campus is healthier and a more pleasant place.”
He added, “Trees add value in a wide variety of ways, and it is because of this that the Arbor Day Foundation continues to recognize William Woods with its Tree Campus USA designation each year. It is appropriate that we should have such recognition. After all, our students and alumni call William Woods University ‘The Woods’ for a reason.”
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.
Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
To obtain this distinction, William Woods University has met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant hundreds of thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested $23 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.