April 12, 2016
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The college will receive its sixth consecutive Tree Campus USA designation
VANCOUVER, Wash.—Clark College will celebrate nature at its annual Arbor Day event on Wednesday, April 13 at 11 a.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature the addition of one new tree to the campus’s beautiful 90-acre arboretum.
This year, a Black Hills Spruce, the official state tree of South Dakota, will be added to the arboretum. The trees are part of an effort by the college to include all 50 state trees in the campus arboretum. With the addition of this tree, the arboretum will contain trees representing 40 states.
The Arbor Day event will take place at the southeast corner of the Frost Arts Center and north end of the Royce E. Pollard Japanese Friendship Garden. A keynote speech will be presented by Jim Wasden, a retired member of the U.S. Forest Service and current member of the Clark College Campus Tree Advisory Committee.
The event will also feature the presentation of the Tree Campus USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation for the sixth year in a row. Tree Campus USA colleges must meet rigorous standards in five separate areas to earn this designation. The award will be presented by Washington State Forester Aaron Everett.
The arboretum can be explored online at trees.clark.edu, which features an interactive, mobile-friendly map to view the locations of and access descriptions for most trees on campus. This includes a six-decade-old Scarlet Oak and the campus’s iconic Shirofugen blossoming cherry trees.
Anyone needing accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event should contact Clark College's Disability Support Services Office at 360-992-2314 or 360-991-0901 (VP), or visit Penguin Union Building room 013 as soon as possible.