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UT’s campus will be a little greener on Friday, March 4, with the planting of 850 trees in honor of Tennessee Arbor Day.

Make Orange Green and Facilities Services are organizing the event, which is part of the greater Second Creek Restoration Project.

More than ninety volunteers from across campus will plant the trees between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The project also includes litter cleanup and mulch raking.

A dedication ceremony led by Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor of Facilities Services, will be held at noon on the south side of the Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Walkway between Staff Lot 7 and Estabrook Road.

The saplings were purchased from the Tennessee State Seedling Nursery through the Department of Agriculture Tennessee Division of Forestry, using a grant through the Student Environmental Initiatives fee (known as the green fee). All of the trees are native to the region.

Tennessee Arbor Day is held the first Friday in March. The first Tennessee Arbor Day Celebration was held in 1872.


Brooke Krempa (865-214-7662, bsteve14@utk.edu)