Campus treescapes inspire involvement

Emily Hanson, left, urban forestry volunteer coordinator at SIU, and Jason Shirar, a senior from Peoria studying urban forestry management, examine roots Wednesday during a tree-planting workshop while student attendees observe. Shirar said the workshop, which was held in light of Campus Sustainability Day, was intended to put the university on the path to be a Tree Campus USA, which is an Arbor Day Foundation program that recognizes campuses that effectively manage trees and engage students. He said bringing SIU up to that level is important, since Carbondale is already a Tree City USA. “To meet the criteria to apply, we need to have one more community event,” Shirar said. “Overall, the point is to raise awareness about the trees on campus and encourage the university to put more thought into what goes on.”

Photo by  Tiffany Blanchette of The Daily Egyptian

 

Tiffany Blanchette | Daily Egyptian

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