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Arbor Day Celebration

Saturday, November 4 -- 10 a.m. to noon

UTSA will celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, November 4 at the UTSA Student Community Garden on UTSA's Main Campus. This is located by the Brackenridge Avenue Lot 5 (BK5) parking area in west campus, by UTSA Blvd.

Join the UTSA Tree Care Committee, the UTSA Sustainability Council, Green Society at UTSA, the UTSA Student Government Association and others between 10:00 a.m. and noon Saturday Nov 4 and learn more about UTSA’s quest to become an Arbor Day Foundation-Certified Tree Campus USA. Be a part of the garden clean-up, vegetable planting, and tree planting. Volunteers will plant five fruit trees (apricot/peach, pomegranate, pear, lime and lemon) on UTSA's campus and give away 150 trees to neighbors in the surrounding communities on a first come-first served basis.

Much of the impetus for this event came from Civil and Environmental Engineering student Jordan Griffis. In the summer of 2017, he conducted an independent study on the feasibility of planting peach trees on campus. He suggested a pilot project of planting five peach trees, each of which could potentially--at maturity--produce 50-200 pounds of fruit per year. "We're looking to plant the trees right near the garden, which will help expand the diversity of the area from pollinator and vegetable gardens to now include fruit production," said Anthony Govea, an active member of the President's Council on Sustainability, Student Sustainability Committee, and Student Government Association. "At the garden we'll also be doing a short workday and planting some donated onion transplants to a couple of the beds." Read more about the UTSA Community Garden.

The nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation is a conservation and education organization with a million members, donors, and partners supporting programs to make the world greener and healthier. Its Tree Campus USA program helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy community forests. The schools must meet these five standards developed to promote healthy trees and student involvement.           

  1. Establish a Tree Advisory Committee
  2. Establish a campus tree care plan
  3. Establish a campus tree program with dedicated expenditures
  4. Establish an Arbor Day observance
  5. Establish a service learning project engaging students with projects related to trees

UTSA is taking steps to become a Tree Campus. It is raising awareness and taking action related to conservation and the environment at UTSA and in the San Antonio community. UTSA has already implemented four of the five steps required by the Foundation.

For more information, contact Dr. Keith Muhlestein, UTSA Director of Sustainability, keith.muhlestein@utsa.edu, or Mei Lani Cabico, CFM, Senior Environmental Planner, Facilities Planning & Development, Mei.Cabico@utsa.edu

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Short History of Arbor Day

On January 4, 1872, a pioneer from the Nebraska territory by the name of J. Sterling Morton first proposed a tree-planting holiday, to be called Arbor Day, at a state board of agriculture meeting. Morton and his wife loved nature and wanted to advocate for a national day where there could be an appreciation for nature. Thus, the campaign to establish Arbor Day came to life. The day was officially recognized by Nebraska Governor Robert W. Furnas on March 12, 1874. Today the most common day for the state observance is the last Friday in April, and several U.S. presidents have proclaimed a national Arbor Day that day. Texas recognizes Arbor Day on the first Friday of November. Source: Arbor Day Foundation  

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updated 11-1-2017