BOONE, N.C. — Today is Arbor Day. In addition to its biannual tree planting, Appalachian State University honors the day by having planted new trees and shrubs donated by nature lover and former Board of Trustees Chair Alice Roess.
Some of the plants are visible outside John E. Thomas Hall and along Sanford Mall. Plans for where to put the remaining donations are being determined.
Roess’ donations include Colorado blue spruces and a weeping white spruce. These tree species support the university’s goal of adding more evergreens on campus — a goal Roess is excited to help achieve, according to Appalachian arborist Chris Erickson. Other tree and shrub donations include buckeye trees, a paperbark maple and panicle hydrangeas.
Appalachian has held Tree Campus USA designation since 2014. The program, launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
In a recent letter to Appalachian renewing its designation, Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation, wrote that “by earning Tree Campus USA recognition, your campus has shown its commitment to protecting and preserving its valuable tree resources and will reap their benefits for generations of students to come.”
To obtain this distinction, Appalachian continues to meet the five core standards for effective campus forest management, including the establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a care plan for campus trees, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
In addition to being a Tree Campus USA designee, Appalachian is located in a Tree City USA community. Boone has held this designation for 24 years.
Want to learn more about the trees at Appalachian? Visit the Appalachian trees page to see a map of all of the trees monitored on campus and learn about tree removals and how to help trees on campus thrive.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.