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Student volunteers help add to university’s treescape

BOONE—Landscape Services employees and student volunteers planted 64 trees on Appalachian State University’s campus Oct 21-22.

View larger imageEric Dendy, left, and Tori Trevisan help plant more than 40 trees on the slope behind Broyhill Music Center at Appalachian State University. Their work replaced trees on campus that have been removed because of disease or safety issues, and will help the university maintain its Tree Campus USA status. Dendy works with Landscape Services. Trevisan is a sophomore sustainable development major. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)View larger imageJordan Willett, left and Wesley Hase prepare ground alongside Broyhill Music Center for tree plantings. Student volunteers assisted Landscape Services employees with the project that added 64 trees to campus. The other site for plantings was in front of Appalachian Heights apartments. Willett is a senior biology/ecology, evolution and environmental biology major. Hase is a junior appropriate technology major. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)View larger imageWhen mature, this variety of maple, dogwood, sweet gum and other trees planted behind Broyhill Music Center will provided vivid color in the fall and inviting shade in the summer. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)

Forty trees that included arborvitae, sourwood, sweet gum, hawthorn, dogwood, serviceberry and sugar maple, were planted on the slope behind Broyhill Music Center.

A total of 24 trees were planted on the slope below Appalachian Heights residence hall on Bodenheimer Drive on campus. They include dogwood, white pine, Norway spruce, London planetree, tulip tree and mountain ash.

The university typically plants one to five trees for every tree removed due to disease, damage or deteriorating root structure. The university recently achieved Tree Campus USA status.

“This certification demonstrates Appalachian’s commitment to environmental aspects of sustainability,” said Mike Madritch, an associate professor of biology and member of the university’s certification team.

The tree campus committee developed a management plan and organized outreach and planting efforts.

The trees help the university support, maintain and grow a sustainable urban forest, reducing its carbon footprint.

“Our urban forests also provide economic and social benefits to the campus, and achieving and maintaining Tree Campus USA recognition requires long-term planning and continued efforts to properly manage our trees,” Madritch said. “Each year we will undergo a recertification process to make sure we are making good progress towards our short- and long-term goals. The benefits are well worth it, we’ll make progress toward carbon neutrality, and our students, staff, and faculty will have a great campus to live and work on.”

Other members of the team who oversaw the certification process were facilities superintendent in landscaping services Eddie Hyle, plant heath care professional Chris Erickson, physical plant horticultural specialist Jason Harkey and physical plant landscape superintendent Jim Bryan.

With the recent plantings, there are more than 3,289 trees on Appalachian’s main campus.