Five Native Ind. Trees Planted Around Grace College Campus
Saturday, December 3, 2016 1:02 AM
Grace College added some trees to its campus Friday.
NIPSCO and Arbor Metrics Systems Regional Project Manager Caryl Schwaller (C) speaks with Grace College Environmental Ethics students about the Swamp White Oak tree. Photo provided.
Grace College Environmental Ethics students assisted and heard from local NIPSCO and Arbor Metrics Systems Regional Project Manager Caryl Schwaller and Utility Arborist Chelsea Nepodal on Friday as they planted five native trees from Dogwood Hills Tree Farm on the Grace College campus.
NIPSCO donated five trees supplied by Dogwood Hills Tree Farm that are native to Indiana which were planted around the Grace College campus Friday.
The tree species included two Red Oak trees, two Burr Oak trees, and one Swamp White Oak tree. Seventeen students observed and assisted in planting and mulching as the trees were planted at various locations around campus.
“The students were excited to put the principles we have been learning about in class into practice. Projects like these are what will ensure that Grace continues to be a beautifully green campus into the future,” said Dr. Nate Bosch, executive director of Center For Lakes and Streams at Grace College.
The trees planted are species native to Indiana and are part of Grace College’s strategy to create more green space on campus.
Jeff Buriff, supervisor of groundskeeping on the Grace College campus, and the groundskeeping team continue to enhance green space at Grace College which provides opportunities to students. Last month, Grace College & Seminary’s grounds team recently received the Green Star Honor Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) to recognize excellence in grounds management.
Trees not only assist with campus aesthetics, but are intentionally placed to assist in cutting energy costs as they shade buildings. Schwaller explained that trees provide many environmental benefits and also spoke with students about the distinctive characteristics of each tree. She also added that it is important to plant, “The right tree in the right place,” to avoid interference with utility lines and power lines. Residents and businesses hoping to plant native trees should always call 811 before digging.