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LSU Alexandria to celebrate Arbor Day

Released: 01/03/2008

The public is invited to the annual Louisiana Arbor Day observance at LSU at Alexandria at noon on Jan. 18 when 20 Live Oak trees will be planted on campus following a brief ceremony. Margaret Waring, the university’s landscape architect, tree specialist Bob Thibodaux and a representative from the Louisiana agriculture and forestry department will speak.

The observance will be held at LSUA’s oak grove. If the weather is inclement the ceremony will take place in the Caffey Annex building.

The trees, standing about 6-feet, will be planted around Acorn Lake on the south side of campus. LSUA is known for its oak tree décor, and the university’s academic logo features a mature Live Oak.

“This is our fourth observance of Arbor Day. The tradition was started by former chancellor (Robert) Cavanaugh, and it’s very appropriate that we continue to permanently enhance the campus by planting oak trees,” said event coordinator David Wesse, vice chancellor for finance and administrative services.

LSUA has five “named” oaks – Woodin, Cotton, Mulder, Martin and Cavanaugh – in honor of individuals who have had extraordinary financial or service impact on the university.

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