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Kaskaskia College held Arbor Day celebrations at its Vandalia campus on April 24 and on the Main campus on April 29.
KC has been celebrated for its arboretum and has been named a Tree Campus USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for three years.
The Vandalia Celebration was held on Wednesday, April 24, at the Vandalia Campus. The guest speaker for the celebration was George Bryant, director of Parks and Public Facilities for the city of Mt. Vernon.
Bryant gave a presentation on the menace of the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect species that is threatening the ash tree population of the United States, with a 90-percent mortality rate on infested trees.
Bryant told attendees that it is better to be proactive about reducing the potential damage that trees killed by the EAB could cause when they die and fall, as there is no cure and little available treatment to stop the infestation at this time.
Two new trees, both flowering crabapples, were dedicated in the ceremony to Jack Johnston and Ernie Chappel. Johnston is the president of the Kaskaskia College Foundation, and Chappel is a member of the Kaskaskia College Foundation Board.
According to Dr. Jim Underwood, president of Kaskaskia College, both men were instrumental in enabling the Vandalia campus to be built, and due to the continuing efforts of the KC Foundation, the campus at Vandalia will soon be expanding with the addition of another instructional building.
The Vandalia campus portion of the KC Arboretum now includes 19 trees and shrubs, with five being new for 2013: miss Kim lilac bush, donated anonymously in honor of KC for hosting the 2012 ISBA Summer Meeting; miss Kim lilac bush, donated by the Vandalia Campus Staff in honor of Melinda Jones; pink flowering crabapple, donated by Soroptomist International of Vandalia in honor of Joy Clymer, district director; pink flowering crabapple, donated by Betty Anne Luallen, and Kent and Beth Hoffman, in memory of Duane E. Luallen; white flowering crabapple, donated by the KC president and board of trustees in honor of Chappel; pink flowering dogwood, donated by Charles “Skip” Carroll’s grandchildren in his memory; and a white flowering crabapple, donated by the KC president and board of trustees in honor of Johnston.
The award-winning KC Arboretum is available for those wishing to honor groups, individuals and organizations.
The arboretum features nine main varieties of trees, which may be purchased for $100 each. Shrubs may be purchased for $50 each.
Donors may choose the placement of their tree or shrub at the main campus, the Vandalia campus or Salem Education center.
A permanent marker indicating the species of tree, its common name and the names of the person or group being honored, as well as that of the donor will be placed at the tree location.
Each participant will receive a certificate of appreciation for their participation and the KC staff will maintain each tree, with trees being guaranteed for replacement should the need arise.