Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 10:52am

To commemorate Arbor Day and the designation of JCC as a Tree Campus USA college, JCC held a special tree planting ceremony on April 29.

The event included the planting of Striped Maple, Black Tupelo, Katsura, Kwanzan Flowering Cherry, Redbud, Hackberry, Turkish Filbert, Perkins-Pink Yellow-wood, Heritage River Birch, Japanese Lilac, Korean Mountain Ash, Sassafras, and Bloodgood London Plane trees.

JCC honors students assisted with the tree planting. Several of the students are interns at Forecon, Inc., where they are working on an update of JCC's tree management plan.

The Tree Campus USA designation, which was awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to JCC in 2010, signifies a college's dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. JCC was the first community college in New York to be named a Tree Campus USA college.

A group of JCC students attended an Arbor Day conference in Syracuse in early April to accept the Tree Campus USA award. They made a presentation on the college's behalf, highlighting student contributions to the planting and management of trees on campus.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.

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