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Brent Sumner, Assistant Tempo Editor
The month of April is known as Earth Month, with Earth Day and Arbor Day being April 22 and 25, respectively. Lewis University will continue to put forth an effort to preserve and celebrate the planet by hosting two voluntary events.
“The Earth and Arbor day events will be happening on April 22 and 25 to celebrate not only biodiversity and campus sustainability, but also to honor our recent receival of Tree Campus USA for our fourth consecutive year in a row,” said Derek Frommel, student sustainability coordinator.
Tree Campus USA is a national program by the Arbor Day Foundation, and it honors colleges, universities and communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. The Morton Arboretum also designated the campus as an official arboretum, with more than 60 varieties of deciduous trees on campus.
On April 22, students will be able to volunteer to help remove invasive species on the Burnham Centennial Nature Trail. Students and faculty will remove the invasive buckthorn, which threatens the local ecosystem.
On April 25, students can plant native trees along the trail in place of all of the removed invasive species in honor of Arbor Day. Lewis will be encouraging students to observe the custom of Arbor Day, which is to plant a tree. Brother James will be in attendance at the event, and there will be free drinks and snacks provided to volunteers, along with T-shirts distributed to those who attend.
“The event will be a good way to not only come together as a community, but also to enrich our student body, faculty and community with knowledge on our local species and invasive species,” Frommel said.
The event will educate students as well as benefit the well-being of the earth.
“I’m really looking forward to the event,” said Shannon Ott, Lewis student. “I hope it is a beautiful day, and I can’t wait to do something for a good cause.”