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Allegany College plans Arbor Day event

April 13th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Allegany College of Maryland will celebrate Arbor Day on Wednesday, April 22, with a presentation on the benefits of trees around us that concludes with a campus tree planting. The public is invited to participate. The event, which begins at noon in the Center for Continuing Education, features a program by Becky Wilson, urban and community forestry coordinator with the Maryland Forest Service’s Western Region. Her presentation will discuss the lessons that trees teach, the strong link between people and trees and the important role that each person has in promoting and maintaining the urban tree canopy.

Wilson, who provides technical services and other support to promote urban forestry, serves the local communities in Western Maryland to manage and care for tree resources.

She has assisted ACM in developing the Cumberland-campus tree canopy as a longtime member of its Tree Care Plan Committee.  She was instrumental in guiding ACM through the recent process of gaining Tree Campus USA status from the Arbor Day Foundation.

The distinction, which recognizes colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees, increasing the tree canopy and conserving natural resources, is shared by only four other Maryland institutions of higher education. ACM was the first community college to be granted the honor.

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