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MSU celebrates 144th anniversary of Arbor Day


April 29, 2016 

In honor of this historic day, staff from MSU’s Infrastructure Planning and Facilities planted an Acer Rubrum ‘Redpointe’ maple tree on the northeast side of the Hannah Administration Building. Since 2008, MSU has honored Arbor Day, which is dedicated annually to public tree-planting at different locations around campus.

Peter Carrington, assistant curator and collection manager of the WJ Beal Botanical Garden, headed the effort and hopes that the next generation of Spartans will continue the annual ceremony for years to come.

“It fits into the very long tradition of MSU planting trees on campus. The practice goes back before Dr. Beal, founder of the Beal Botanical Gardens, was here,” he said. “Our desire is that this will extend long after all of us standing here are around.”

Tressa Wahl of Landscape Services, shares Carrington’s vision.

“It’s important for the next 100 years,” she said. “The trees we see now were planted by people before us. So it’s for us to enjoy, but more importantly the next generation.”