SJR State re-certified with Tree Campus USA status
For a fourth consecutive year, St. Johns River State College has received its certification as a Tree Campus USA college.
To obtain this distinction, SJR State met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
The College first obtained its Tree Campus USA status, granted by the Arbor Day Foundation, in 2014 following more than a year of strategically planned efforts by faculty, staff and students. The College’s projects included preserving healthy, attractive and sustainable wooded vegetation on each campus, as well as conducting educational outreach efforts and service projects.
In January, the College was selected to host the Palatka Annual Arbor Day celebration sponsored by The Garden Club of Palatka and the City of Palatka. During the celebration, Putnam County forester Conrad Wysocki donated a Tulip Poplar Tree that was planted on campus.
The celebration also included the first Tree-Friendly Business Awards presented to businesses that have gone above and beyond to enhance Palatka’s tree canopy while undertaking construction projects.
Tree seedlings will also be distributed during the annual spring frolics events.
The SJR State Palatka campus was selected to host the Palatka Annual Arbor Day celebration. During the celebration, Putnam County forester Conrad Wysocki donated a Tulip Poplar Tree. From left: Palatka Mayor Terrill Hill, The Garden Club of Palatka president Kalia Baillene, City of Palatka Tree Committee member Allegra Kitchens, SJR State professor Longin Kaczmarsky, SJR State Senior Vice President Melissa Miller, tree committee member Roger Sandoz and SJR State student Kylee Risdon.
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