Apr 21, 2014 |
By Tate M. Slaven, ’14
The St. Bonaventure and surrounding communities ares invited to attend the annual Arbor Day tree planting ceremony to be held at 12:30 p.m on Friday, April 25.
University students involved in campus sustainability initiatives, facilities personnel and Land Use subcommittee members will be planting two sugar maple trees north of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The Arbor Day Foundation has designated SBU as a Tree Campus USA for four consecutive years. In order to be considered, Bona’s has planted trees annually across campus in celebration of Arbor Day. In previous years, three pine trees were planted outside the Warming Hut on campus. A sugar pine was planted on the Friedsam Memorial Library lawn, and the yard neighboring Shay-Loughlen Hall is now decorated with new trees to support the Sustainability Initiative.
Associate Director of Facilities for Maintenance Rob Hurlburt is involved in the care of campus trees and the planting of trees on campus year round. He finds it especially gratifying to formally celebrate Arbor Day at St. Bonaventure by planting trees.
“Celebrating Arbor Day is an example of the collaborative efforts of students, facilities, academics, administration and local professionals that serve on our tree advisory committee that I am very proud to be a part of,” Hurlburt said.
This year the Land Use subcommittee has undertaken a new tree identification program, which will be rolled out during the Arbor Day celebration. Tree identification signs are being produced for select species of trees along the university section of the Allegany River Valley Trail and will be in place before the end of the semester. This will allow trail users to tune into podcasts that will provide information about each tree species.
Br. Kevin Kriso, O.F.M., explains that this program is for educational, recreational and spiritual purposes. He shares that the Bonaventure grounds should be used as an extension of the classroom, and the community should get outside more to enjoy its beauty and benefits.
“The majority of our campus is not buildings,” Kriso said, “so why not incorporate what we have into our learning.”
David Paradowski, Region 9 forester for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will present St. Bonaventure with Tree Campus USA recognition for 2013 during the celebration, and Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., vice president for Franciscan Mission at SBU, will bless the trees.
“Often we apologize for our campus being in the middle of nowhere, but why?” Kriso said. “This celebration allows us to celebrate our riches and realize that we can learn a lot from walking around and taking in our natural surroundings.”
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