BHSU to host Arbor Day tree care workshop for the community

Author: BHSU Communications/Saturday, April 16, 2016/Categories: 2016

Black Hills State University invites the community to an Arbor Day Tree Workshop Wednesday, April 20 where attendees will learn proper tree planting, care techniques, and practice tree care skills.

Black Hills State University invites the community to a tree care workshop in celebration of Arbor Day. The workshop will be held Wednesday, April 20 at 3 p.m. in front of the Life Sciences Building on the BHSU Campus. If needed, the rain date is the following Wednesday, April 27 at 3 p.m.

During the workshop, grounds crew leader Eric Hanson will explain proper tree planting and care techniques. Participants will practice their skills by planting new trees and performing maintenance on existing campus trees.

BHSU lost more than 230 trees during Storm Atlas. A Campus Tree Advisory Committee was started in 2014 with the goal of creating a campus tree plan to increase the number and diversity of tree species on campus.

After Storm Atlas, students in assistant professor of geology Dr. Abigail Domagall's Global Information Systems (GIS) course and in assistant professor of plant biology Dr. Justin Ramsey's biology class collaborated on a campus tree mapping project. The GIS class took coordinates of each tree on campus and the biology class identified the species.

Katie Greer, assistant director of facilities services, turned the resulting GIS documents into a Campus Tree Inventory viewable via Google Maps available for BHSU Facilities use and for public viewing.

Greer said BHSU planted more than 300 trees in 2015, with plans to plant more.

BHSU recently launched a campaign inviting alumni, friends, and supporters to "Remember Your Roots" by donating a tree for campus beautification. Throughout the next year, the online map will be updated to honor those who have donated a campus tree in memory of a loved one.

The first target area for the new grove of donated trees will be along St. Joseph Street near the Donald E. Young Sports & Fitness Center. If a certain tree species or another campus location is desired, BHSU Facilities Services will work with individuals and families to find the perfect tree type and location.

Trees can be donated in memory, honor, or in celebration of loved ones, friends, and life events such as graduation, births, marriages, or anniversaries. The BHSU Foundation requests $500 per tree. To donate a tree, contact University Advancement at 605-642-6385.

To confirm attendance for the Arbor Day Tree Workshop, contact Destiny Durham at or 605-642-6298.

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