Arbor Day tree planting

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Date/Time:Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 at 12:00 pm
Location:Southeast corner of Haber Road/University Boulevard intersection, ISU campus
Contact:Rhonda Martin, FPM landscape architect
Channel:Student Activities
Categories:Special events Student activities
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Students from the Forestry and Landscape Architecture clubs will plant several uncommon species of evergreen and deciduous trees (Lodgepole Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Grand Fir, Rocky Mountain Juniper and Water Birch).

The students will be assisted by Joe Colletti, senior associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Steven Jungst, interim chair of the entomology and natural resource ecology and management (NREM) departments; and Dave Miller, associate vice president for facilities planning and management (FPM).

These tree species generally are hard to find in Iowa because either they do not have the ornamental traits that make them attractive choices for residential gardens, or Iowa's climate might be marginal for their specific growing needs.
However faculty in the forestry and landscape architecture departments make use of the ISU campus as an outdoor teaching laboratory and these new species will help fill gaps in the university's campus tree inventory.

The NREM department purchased the trees as part of a proposal by assistant professor Cathy McMullen to increase the diversity of the trees found on the ISU campus. FPM will provide care and maintenance of the trees.