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Clark College celebrates Arbor Day

The Columbian
Published: April 13, 2016, 6:00am

Clark College will celebrate nature at its annual Arbor Day event at 11 a.m. today. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature the addition of a new state tree to the 90-acre arboretum.

A Black Hills spruce, the official state tree of South Dakota, will be added. The college hopes to collect all 50 state trees in the campus arboretum. With the addition of this tree, the arboretum will contain trees representing 40 states.

The Arbor Day event will take place at the southeast corner of the Frost Arts Center and north end of the Royce E. Pollard Japanese Friendship Garden. A keynote speech will be presented by Jim Wasden, a retired member of the U.S. Forest Service and current member of the Clark College Campus Tree Advisory Committee.

The event will also feature the presentation of the Tree Campus USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation for the sixth year in a row. The award will be presented by Washington State Forester Aaron Everett.