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For immediate release
April 9, 2012

For additional information: 

Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing

Telephone:  360-992-2921

Email:  bkerr@clark.edu

Arbor Day 2012:
Preserving our roots

and branching out for the future

Historic black and white aerial photo of Clark's main campus
The small red circle in the middle of the screen notes the location of the scarlet oak.  This undated photo of Clark's main campus may have been taken in the late 1950s.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — This Arbor Day, Clark College will preserve its roots and branch out for the future.  It will all take place on Wednesday, April 11.

Scarlet oakPreserving our roots: 9 a.m.

Thanks to a generous grant, a historic tree at Clark College will receive some needed pruning and care. 

General Tree Service of Beaverton, Ore.  named Clark College the recipient of its Tree Preservation Grant for 2012.

The grant is available to local governments, nonprofit organizations, and deserving individuals to assist them in caring for and preserving their valuable and irreplaceable trees.  The grant is available to local governments, nonprofit organizations, and deserving individuals to assist them in caring for and preserving their valuable and irreplaceable trees.

Through their grant, General Tree Service will provide pruning consisting of crown cleaning and thinning of a large scarlet oak on the college's main campus.

The oak is a focal tree located in the courtyard of Bauer Hall.  According to the college, it is beginning to show the effects of growing in an urban environment and will benefit from a thorough, professional pruning.  In addition, to increase the health and vigor of the tree, a sub-surface liquid fertilization will be performed by General Tree Service at a later date.

General Tree Service crews will be on site on Wednesday, April 11 to perform the necessary pruning.  Representatives from General Tree Service will be on site from 9 a.m. until noon to describe the work being performed and answer questions.

Branching out for the future:  10:00 a.m.

Youngsters plant a tree for Arbor Day

The Arbor Day Foundation has named Clark College a 2011 Tree Campus USA for its commitment to effective community forestry management. This is the second consecutive year that the college has been honored.

The achievement will be recognized on April 11 as part of the college’s Arbor Day celebration. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 10 a.m. at Clark’s Oliva Family Learning Center.

Following a brief ceremony, the college will receive a 2011 Tree Campus USA plaque.  It will be accepted by Clark College Vice President of Administrative Services Bob Williamson.

Youngsters from Clark’s Early Learning Center will then participate in a ceremonial tree planting.

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