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UND to hold Arbor Day tree-planting event May 16

 Event celebrates Arbor Day and UND’s commitment to a healthy tree canopy

UND President Armacost (left) joins others in planting trees at the 2021 celebration of Arbor Day on the UND campus. UND archival image.

UND will celebrate its annual Arbor Day event with speakers and a tree-planting ceremony on Tuesday, May 16, at 1 p.m., south of the Chester Fritz Library.

Speaking at the event will be President Andrew Armacost, Karla Stewart, vice president of finance and operations, and Mike Pieper, associate vice president of facilities, along with a student body leader.

Following the event, the UND group will plant three trees not only in honor of Arbor Day, but in recognition of the University’s being awarded the Tree Campus Higher Education designation for the third year in a row.

Passport parking (requiring the Passport Parking smartphone application) will be available in the ramp at the corner of University Avenue and North Columbia Road. Additional passport parking is available in the Columbia Hall parking lot, off North Columbia Road.

The event will take place on the grassy area south and east of the Chester Fritz Library where Centennial Drive and Second Avenue North intersect. The UND group is set to plant three commemorative trees, a Fire King Musclewood, a Debbie’s Gold Apricot and a True North Coffeetree.

The Arbor Day celebration recognizes and thanks those who played a role in helping UND become a Tree Campus Higher Education institution.

Receiving that designation requires adhering to a detailed set of requirements, including forming an advisory committee, holding an annual Arbor Day celebration and implementing campus tree care policies for planting, landscaping and conducting maintenance.

Additional requirements also include adopting policies and procedures for implementing a tree protection plan, and setting goals related to fostering the tree canopy and developing a link between the Campus Tree Plan other green developments. UND must also complete an annual campus-wide tree inventory.