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International Students Association Celebrates Arbor Day

50 Seedlings to be Planted on College Campus
The already picturesque County College of Morris (CCM) campus is about to get even more lush with the planting of 50 tress by the International Students Association.

In celebration of Arbor Day 2011, the student group will be planting Eastern Redbuds (Cercis Canadensis) and Willow Oaks (Quercus phellos) in various locations across campus on Saturday, April 30, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The college obtained the tree seedlings from the New Jersey Tree Foundation, which celebrates Arbor Day each year by providing schools, local governments, nonprofit organizations and volunteer groups with the opportunity to apply for free trees. All plantings must occur on public lands, be completed by volunteers and maintained for two years.

“The International Students Association wanted to do something to express their appreciation for the natural beauty of the CCM campus,” said Rita Ragany-Bayer, associate director of Human Resources and advisor to the student group. “The planting of additional trees is a wonderful way for the students to leave something of lasting value for future students to enjoy.”

The planting will begin with a short training session on the proper technique for planting tree seedlings. Volunteers then will break out into groups and move to different sites throughout campus to do the plantings.

Since the program’s inception, the foundation’s “Celebrate Arbor Day!” program has led to the planting of more than 121,000 trees in parks, schools and public spaces across the state.