Drury University to celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 12

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 11, 2019 — Drury University will renew its dedication to maintaining a beautiful natural environment during a public Arbor Day celebration at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Hoblit Suite in Freeman Hall.

As part of the event, the National Arbor Day foundation will again recognize Drury as a “Tree Campus USA.” This marks the fifth year in a row that Drury has earned this designation through its commitment to effective urban forest management. Accounting for more than $1.2 million in capital assets, Drury’s urban forest is made up of over 1,000 trees and 90 species. 

The Arbor Day celebration will also include remarks from Drury’s Head Groundskeeper Joe Fearn as well as botanist and Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Ioana Popescu. Missouri Department of Conservation Community Forestry Program Supervisor Russell Hinnah will deliver the Tree Campus USA recertification announcement and Springfield Mayor Ken McClure will issue a proclamation declaring the day “Drury Arbor Day 2019.”

In conjunction with this event, the Drury grounds crew will plant a flowering dogwood at Freeman Hall. Attendees are welcome to come and assist in final installation. Following the program, attendees are also welcome to explore the beauty of Drury on a guided tour of campus foliage.