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SDState holds Arbor Day event

South Dakota State University's annual Arbor Day event was held Wednesday.
South Dakota State University's annual Arbor Day event was held Wednesday. SDState, which has been honored by Tree Campus USA since 2009, received a flag for its years of service to the organization. An Exclamation™ London Planetree was planted in front of the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center and was dedicated to Dave Graper, a professor in the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science and an SDSU Extension horticulture specialist. From left are, John Ball, a professor and SDSU Extension forestry specialist, Tanner Aiken, horticulturist and project manager with SDSU Facilities and Services, and Graper stand next to the tree.

South Dakota State University’s annual Arbor Day celebration was held Wednesday morning.

An Exclamation™ London Planetree was planted in front of the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center and was dedicated to Dave Graper, a professor in the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science and an SDSU Extension horticulture specialist. He is retiring after 29 years of service at SDSU. The tree species will help to diversify the campus canopy.

Since 2009, South Dakota State has been selected as a Tree Campus USA institution. The Tree Campus USA program, supported by the Arbor Day Foundation, recognizes colleges and universities across America for effectively managing their campus trees; developing connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy, urban forests; and striving to engage their student population utilizing service-learning opportunities centered on campus and community forestry efforts.

Tanner Aiken, horticulturist and project manager with SDSU Facilities and Services, led the planting. John Ball, a professor and SDSU Extension forestry specialist, demonstrated planting techniques.