ALLEGANY COUNTY, Md. - Nationally, Arbor Day is recognized on the third Friday of April, but today Allegany College of Maryland celebrated trees and life on their campus.
Students showed their appreciation for trees by planting 16 more in honor of Arbor Day throughout campus, receiving a lesson on how to correctly plant a tree by staff from the Natural Department of Resources.
“Everyone needs oxygen, and we got to do it by planting these trees,” Broc Bowers, student, said.
Arbor Day started in the state of Nebraska in 1854.
“Anytime you’re celebrating trees, it’s a good thing, because when you’re planting a tree, that means you have hope for the future -- that there is going to be a future, and it's going to be bright one,” Champ Zumbrun, retired forester, said.
But before they were able to stick their hands in the dirt, they listened to retired forester Champ Zumbrun talk about the history of the Liberty Tree and the Wye Tree, both having history deeply rooted in Maryland.
“We have two trees that are iconic. We are trying to get them germinated and reproduce the seedlings so that present generations and future generations can appreciate these same historic trees,” Zumbrun said.
Students said even though the trees do a good job of keeping themselves alive, people should help let their beauty prosper in the city.
“When you live in an urban setting like this, you have to plant it for the beauty. People love seeing the buds bloom and the cherries bloom. It adds a lot of value to the property and campuses,” Bowers said.
According to school officials, ACM is the only community college in the state to have a Tree Campus USA Status from the Arbor Day Foundation, a distinction that recognizes colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees, conserving natural resources and increasing tree canopy. There are only three other higher education institutes in the state to receive the Tree Campus USA Status.