April 10, 2015

Volunteers welcome to help plant trees on campus

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale will host a tree-planting event on April 17. 

Volunteers are welcome to participate either from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or during the noon to 2 p.m. shift. Organizers particularly encourage students and people from the campus community to join in the planting. Everyone will meet at the beginning of each session in the engineering parking lot, Lot 37, located west of the SIU Arena. 

Jason Tabor, university arborist, will speak before the work begins. Then, in celebration of Arbor Day, which falls on April 24, and in conjunction with the Tree Campus USA initiative, the volunteers will plant trees along both sides of Douglas Drive near the arena. The planting will go on rain or shine so participants should dress appropriately. 

Those planning to join in the planting are encouraged to call 618/453-8185 in advance to sign up. Volunteers may just show up that day as well. 

Plant and Service Operations and the university are sponsors of the tree-planting operation.