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Clayton State's annual Arbor Day recognized tree preservation on campus

Clayton State's annual Arbor Day recognized tree preservation on campus

May 09 2017

Faculty and staff took a little time to celebrate the beauty of Clayton State’s natural landscape at the annual Arbor Day celebration on April 27.

The event was sponsored by the Clayton State University Tree Committee as part of the national day to recognize tree conservation efforts across the nation.

“Around the world people recognize what a wonderful resource trees are and how important it is to protect them,” said Corlis Cummings, vice-president of Business and Operations.

Keynote speaker Moe Hemmings, senior horticulturist at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, spoke about how trees tie people to the natural landscape. Trees, Hemmings noted, are an indispensable part of the environment.

“They help us with our health,” Hemmings said.

The featured tree that was planted this year was the American Elm Tree. The large deciduous tree, commonly known as a white elm, water elm or common elm, is native to North America and is widely used as a shade and street tree.

Several were placed along the pathway between the Lakeview Discovery and Science Center and Magnolia Hall.

Clayton State has held an Arbor Day celebration for the last four years. Most recently, the campus earned the 2016 Tree Campus USA designation for a fourth consecutive time.

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