The University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) will host a tree dedication and educational program in observance of Arbor Day at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Centennial Clock Tower.

UAM Chancellor Peggy Doss will address UAM’s commitment to Tree Campus USA. Pradip Saud, assistant professor in the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources (CFANR) will discuss the value of urban trees for communities. Kristine Kimbro will speak about the urban tree grant program available through the Forestry Division of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. Mohammad Bataineh, associate professor in the UAM CFANR, will discuss common tree health issues in urban versus natural environments.

During the tree planting, Dr. Lynne Thompson, a retired professor from the UAM CFANR, Dr. Michael Blazier, dean of the UAM CFANR, Harold Fisher of the Forestry Division, and students enrolled in the UAM silviculture class will demonstrate how to
select a tree species and site, how to score tree roots and how to plant, mulch and stake a tree. They will also cover post-planting tree care, such as watering, pruning and fertilization.