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Auburn University celebrated its seventh designation as Alabama’s Tree Campus USA on Tuesday, April 5 with a ceremony and campus tree planting at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, or SFWS. Auburn University President Jay Gogue; SFWS Associate Dean of Research and Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at the Urban-Rural Interface, or CESURI, Graeme Lockaby; and CESURI’s Outreach Director, Michelle Cole, welcomed attendees and opened the program with remarks on behalf of Auburn University. Jeneen Horton of Toyota Motors Manufacturing of Alabama, program sponsor, and Dale Dickens, of the Alabama Forestry Commission, formally presented the award to Auburn University as Alabama’s 2015 State Tree Campus USA. Alex Hedgepath, Auburn's first arborist and an SFWS alumnus, led the tree planting with Landscape Services staff, volunteers, and urban forestry professionals who planted 50 trees on the campus.

Following the tree planting, attendees and volunteers participated in a networking luncheon to exchange valuable ideas and techniques to protect and promote urban forestry in the state.  More information on the Tree Campus USA program is available online