Type of Marker:

Tree Planting

Location:

Northwest of Lot 68

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Students from the Forestry and Landscape Architecture clubs helped plant several uncommon species of Evergreen and Deciduous trees on the Iowa State campus as part of ISU’s annual observance of Arbor Day.

Lodgepole Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Grand Fir, Rocky Mountain Juniper and Water Birch, while common in other regions of the United States, are generally hard to find in Iowa because either they do not have the ornamental traits that make them attractive choices for residential gardens or Iowa’s climate might be marginal for their specific growing needs. However ISU faculty in Forestry and Landscape Architecture make use of the ISU campus as an outdoor teaching laboratory and these new species will help fill gaps in the university’s campus tree inventory.

The Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department purchased the trees as part of a proposal by Assistant Professor Cathy McMullen, to increase the diversity of the trees found on the campus. Facilities, Planning and Management provide for the care and maintenance of the trees.

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