Public invited to 'Replant Mount Oread'
LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas and its Campus Tree Advisory Board are launching a new initiative to “Replant Mount Oread” Thursday, March 29, on Jayhawk Boulevard. The public is invited to attend.
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will kick off the inaugural tree-planting event with a brief presentation at 11:15 a.m. Following comments from the chancellor, student organizations and other volunteers from the campus community will plant 10 redbud trees in the Mississippi Street Terrace area, just below Jayhawk Boulevard and west of Lippincott Hall.
Volunteers will also be planting iris to help landscape the area where trees and flowers were removed due to a recent utility tunnel renovation.
As part of ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance the beauty of the campus landscape, and preserve historic green spaces, Gray-Little established the Campus Tree Advisory Board in January. The board – made up of students, faculty, staff and community members – is responsible for reviewing and recommending improvements to campus tree replacement and tree care policies and providing guidance for annual Arbor Day and service-learning projects related to campus trees.
The launch of “Replant Mount Oread” marks the anniversary of the first Arbor Day celebration at KU, when in 1878, Chancellor James Marvin called a special holiday to encourage faculty and students to plant approximately 300 tree saplings on Mount Oread. The board hopes to revive this tradition by working with students on annual planting and tree inventory projects.
As part of this effort, the board is in the process of establishing a “tree bank” that will fund replacement trees and new plantings. Donations to the project can be made at here.
Additional information about “Replant Mount Oread” can be found at here.