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IUPUI, Indiana Urban Forest Council to host tree planting workshop



INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the Indiana Urban Forest Council will host a tree planting workshop Thursday, Oct. 23.

The event, open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the fourth-floor conference room at Lockefield Village, 980 Indiana Ave. Parking is available at 1200 Indiana Ave.  Participants are asked to register by Oct. 15.

The Indiana Urban Forest Council, established in 1991, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the public awareness of protecting, expanding and improving Indiana’s urban forests. The council serves as a resource and liaison concerning urban forestry issues within the state and nation. It promotes public understanding of the need for trees and other natural resources in and along parks, green space areas, streets and urban woodlands and assists Indiana communities in protecting, expanding and improving their urban forests.

The workshop includes classroom instruction on becoming a Tree Campus or Tree City USA, tree species, ecological benefits, and how to properly plant, mulch and care for trees; a field demonstration involving planting five to 10 trees on the IUPUI campus; and a tour discussing an urban university campus.

Members of the Indiana Urban Forest Council attending the workshop will be given up to three free trees that are at least 5 feet tall. 

The workshop also meets a service learning requirement necessary for IUPUI to continue its Tree Campus USA designation. The Arbor Day Foundation designation also requires the campus to have a campus tree advisory committee, a campus tree care plan, a campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures and an Arbor Day observance.