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March 03, 2009

Forestry to celebrate Arbor Day

tree with sunlight

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University invites the public to its Arbor Day Celebration and Open House on March 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the campus of N.C. State University.

Events will include a tree seedling give-away, a plant adoption center for youth, timber sports demonstrations from the N.C. State University Forestry Club, and various presentations from faculty and members of the urban forestry community.

“We want to create a festive atmosphere where North Carolinians can come together to celebrate Arbor Day, as well as learn what our department has to offer those interested in a natural resource career. This also is an opportunity for faculty and students to share and discuss research projects and experiences with the public. We hope there is a little bit of something for everyone!” stated Shannon Ford, undergraduate program coordinator for the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources.

Faculty will lead a guided campus tree walk, tours of the environmental technology labs and the Turner House native plant garden. A tour of the N.C. State Campus will also be available. Exhibitors from various forest-related organizations will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. The 2009 North Carolina Arbor Day Poster contest winner, chosen from a selection of 5th grade poster entries across the state, will be announced at noon.

For a full schedule of events, directions, and parking information please visit www.ces.ncsu.edu/forestry/arborday. Sponsors include the Triangle Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, Weyerhaeuser and the Encore Center at N.C. State University.

A day is set aside each year in North Carolina, as in many other states, to show just how much trees are appreciated. In 1967 the North Carolina legislature ratified a bill establishing Arbor Day in North Carolina as the first Friday following March 15. This year Arbor Day falls on March 20.
-Renee Strnad

Posted by Natalie at March 3, 2009 03:30 PM