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Shepherd plants trees during annual arbor day

ISSUED: 13 April 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd plants trees during annual arbor day)

Shepherdstown, WV--The 2nd Annual Shepherd University Arbor Day held on Saturday, April 7. Six trees were planted, several in memory of former Shepherd faculty members.

Faculty members from the Campus Tree Committee along with 12 student volunteers from Tri-Beta, the Biology Honor Society, and the Shepherdstown Environmental Organization planted the trees.

Several trees were planted in the Town Garden, located between White and Knutti Halls, including a redbud tree donated by Judi McIntyre.

A serviceberry tree, in memory of Dr. Ray Harris, a former biology faculty member, and a weeping mulberry tree, in memory of Dr. William Reese, the first chair of the biology department who died in 1929 were planted.

A weeping mulberry tree was planted on the north side of Snyder Hall, in memory of Lyla Bell, wife of the Dr. Carl Bell, and two paw paw trees, on the south lawn of Miller Hall arboretum, to replace a lost paw paw tree.

The event is sponsored by the Campus Arboretum Fund, which funded the planting of all the trees.

One of the initiatives of the Campus Tree Committee is to put have an online map of the trees on campus available.

A fund is established at the Shepherd University Foundation for the Arboretum Fund for future plantings and expansion of the program. The donation amount to plant a tree is $200 and does not include a plaque. To make a gift to plant a tree, contact the Shepherd University Foundation, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443, 304-876-5397, or visit


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Volunteers from this year's Arbor Day event plant a weeping mulberry tree in the Town Garden in honor of Dr. William Reese, the first chair of the biology department.

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