Cameron University to celebrate Arbor Day observance with tree planting

Cameron University will celebrate Arbor Day by planting two new trees on the Cameron campus on Wednesday, April 17 at Noon. Cameron students will be on hand to assist with the planting of a Caddo Maple and a Kentucky Coffee Tree between the Cameron University Library and the Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES). Following a brief welcome, Provost John McArthur will provide a short overview of the importance of trees and the history of Cameron’s tree planting efforts. The ceremony is open to the public. Parking will be available across from the CETES Conference Center on the west side of campus.

“Campus beautification has been one of several significant initiatives at Cameron University under the leadership of President Cindy Ross,” says Provost McArthur. “Since 2006, through campus and community support particularly as part of Cameron’s Centennial observance, we have added almost 1,000 trees to the campus landscape, carefully selecting species which are colorful yet hardy. We have fulfilled our goal of giving Cameron the look and feel of a traditional college campus, and the addition of trees has played a prominent role in that success. The marked transformation of the Cameron campus continues to garner notice from  faculty, staff, alumni, current students and visitors.”

The Caddo Maple is an adapted variety of the Sugar Maple and takes its name from Caddo Canyon in western Oklahoma. This variety, which will reach 60 feet at maturity, was selected for its tolerance of the climate and soil of the region.

The Kentucky Coffee Tree is a member of the legume family. It was often planted by early settlers and is still seen growing on abandoned homesteads. The pulp of the tree was used by Native Americans to combat fever and to treat headaches. The bean-like seeds were sometimes roasted and ground to make a coffee-like beverage. The Kentucky Coffee Tree will reach 60 feet or more at maturity.

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.



April 12, 2013