By Dayri Vargas-Osorio
(SAN MARCOS)- Texas State University invites faculty, students and staff members to participate in their Arbor Day celebration tomorrow, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. next to P14 parking lot, located on Aquarena Springs Drive.
Arbor Day has been celebrated in the United States since 1872 and is a holiday, as stated in their website, that “reflects a hope for the future.”
Texas State has been part of the program since 2011, when it first got its recognition as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Foundation. This year, the school will plant 21 trees of various species to maintain their designation.
“The species selected for this year are pecan, dogwood, smoke tree and Texas redbud,” said Jack McClellan in a statement released by the university Office of Media Relations. “The trees will be planed, in part, to replace trees removed in campus for various reasons.”
Some students at Texas State see this holiday as an opportunity to bring awareness and to appreciate the importance of trees in school and the environment in general.
“I feel like it brings awareness to people about the environment and trees specifically,” said Michelle Meza, a freshman student majoring in business. “Trees do so much for our environment.”
David Lemke, a professor in the department of biology at Texas State, sees this celebration as an opportunity to improve the environment in school.
“It is a way for students to both beautify the campus and improve the environment on it, for themselves and for future students,” said Lemke.
For more information about Arbor Day visit- https://www.arborday.org/