Louisburg College celebrated Arbor Day on Friday with news that the college will become a Tree Campus USA late this year. Then staff members and students, standing in the shade of a Bradford Pear tree, commemorated the day by planting three Gem Magnolias by Frazier Field.
Arbor Day, which Nebraska first celebrated by planting more than 1 million trees in 1885, is a way to bring attention to the benefits of trees: habitat for wildlife, food and shade among them.
To meet the qualifications for certification as a Tree Campus USA, Louisburg College has established a tree campus advisory committee, observed Arbor Day and completed a service project by planting the non-invasive magnolias where they are expected to thrive, said Nathan Biegenzahn, associate vice president of facilities.
The college also will create a tree maintenance plan and a budget. Louisburg College will join at least 11 other North Carolina colleges, including Nash Community College, as a Tree Campus USA.
Franklinton has been a Tree City USA for 30 years, Biegenzahn said.
Added Chris Reid, director of housing and residence life:"We have one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, in part because of the trees."