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SDSU holds Arbor Day event

2021 Arbor Day event participants at SDSU
Participating in Wednesday's Arbor Day event at South Dakota State were, from left, Bailey Beauchamp, Brandt Boekhout, Hannah McDougall, Amy Jones, Tanner Aiken, Jonathan Meendering, Reed Leibel, Abigail Martens, Kellrhema Hinton and Rick Mayko, community forester with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. Beauchamp, Boekhout, Martens and McDougall are SDSU students while Aiken, Jones, Leibel and Meendering are with SDSU Facilities and Services and Hinton works in the SDSU Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences.

John Ball, left, and Tanner Aiken demonstrate proper tree planting techniques
John Ball, left, and Tanner Aiken demonstrate proper tree planting techniques during Wednesday's Arbor Day event at SDSU.

South Dakota State University held its annual Arbor Day event Wednesday morning. Tanner Aiken, horticulturist and project manager with SDSU Facilities and Services, and John Ball, professor, SDSU Extension forestry specialist and South Dakota Department of Agriculture forest health specialist, led the planting of seven bare-root trees along Medary Ave., in an area east of Wecota and Winona halls. The species were Espresso Coffeetree, StreetKeeper Honeylocust and Triumph Elm. This year’s event focused on street trees and maintaining diversity with the university’s tree canopy.
 
In addition, SDSU was recognized for being a Tree Campus USA Higher Education institution. The program has recognized South Dakota State annually since 2009.