Tree's the Charm
Arbor Day planting gets Clark closer
to a Tree Campus USA designation
(Left to right) Clark College President Robert K. Knight, Friends of Trees Program Director Brighton West, City of Vancouver Urban Forester Charles Ray, and Clark College Grounds Manager Skip Jimerson get their digs in with a ceremonial shoveling of the dirt around the college’s newest tree, planted in recognition of Arbor Day. Knight, West, and Ray all spoke at the event, which Clark College Vice President of Administrative Services Bob Williamson (not pictured) emceed.
A cheerful group of people (and one happy-looking dog) gathered at the north side of the Music Building on Wednesday, April 14 to witness the planting of an evergreen magnolia in honor of Washington State’s Arbor Day.
The planting helps Clark College’s efforts to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF). The Tree Campus USA program recognizes excellence in campus tree management, as well as student and community involvement.
City of Vancouver Urban Forester Charles Ray noted that the NADF has already recognized the city itself as a Tree City USA, and Clark Public Utilities as a Tree Line. “With the achievement of Clark College as Tree Campus USA, we hope to be the first community in Washington to achieve all three designations: Tree City/Tree Line/Tree Campus,” he said. “A perfect trifecta!”
President Knight congratulates Clark College student Tim Carper on a job well done. Carper, who also works in the college’s horticulture department, has spearheaded Clark College’s efforts to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA.