Cameron University to commemorate Arbor Day with tree planting ceremony

Cameron University will hold its annual Arbor Day observance on Friday, April 14 at Noon. Members of the Aggie Club, the Biology Club and the Botany Club will be on hand to assist with the planting of a Caddo Sugar Maple near the north entrance to CETES. The ceremony is open to the public.

“Cameron University’s annual Arbor Day observance is in part a celebration of Cameron’s designation as a Tree Campus USA,” says Dr. Terry Conley, Chair, Department of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. “We are proud to have earned that designation for the past four years. In addition, we hope to inspire members of the community to become good stewards of the environment.”

The Caddo Sugar Maple is a naturally occurring variety of Sugar Maple that is native to western Oklahoma. It is an excellent shade tree and produces spectacular fall color. A medium-sized tree at maturity, the Caddo Sugar Maple is ideally suited to the hot summer and drying winds of southwest Oklahoma. This tree requires ample room to grow. Along with its beautiful rounded shape and impressive seasonal color, its dense canopy provides ample shade, and its durable wood and small fruits make the Caddo Sugar Maple a wonderful addition to the Oklahoma landscape. In addition, the Caddo Sugar Maple has been selected as an Oklahoma Proven variety by faculty in the Oklahoma State University Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

The first Arbor Day was observed in Nebraska in 1872, when an estimated one million trees were planted. Arbor Day is now observed in all 50 states on varying dates in accordance with local climates. Oklahoma celebrates Arbor Day during the last week in March.

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April 10, 2017