Join the Rutgers University Forestry Club as it commemorates the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day in the U.S. with a symbolic planting and forestry education event on April 29 at 2 p.m., on the George H. Cook Campus. This event, the club’s first Arbor Day celebration, will be held outside of Waller Hall, located at 59 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick, on the George H. Cook Campus.
Attendees will experience the symbolic planting of a Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea) donated by Plant Detectives and the New Jersey Tree Foundation. In addition, attendees will learn about the history of Arbor Day as well as the forestry currently happening on the New Brunswick campus and the club’s goals as it relates to the place of trees at Rutgers. Interactive activities include how to properly mulch and protect newly planted trees, and the chance to help care for several plantings on Cook Campus.
Rutgers University Forestry Club was reinstated in 2019 and has since served as a student-run organization advocating for and spreading knowledge about forestry and everything related to trees. Over the past three years, the club has been involved in multiple iterations of the New Jersey Shade Tree Foundation Conference and the New Jersey Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Conference, networking with professionals in the field of urban forestry. Club members have also volunteered with local organizations, including planting trees with the New Jersey Tree Foundation at the 9/11 Grove of Remembrance in Liberty State Park and participating in the ISA Work Day in the Palisades. A key activity involves a partnership with doctoral student in the Ecology and Evolution graduate program, Samantha Gigliotti, who plays a lead role in the restoration efforts at the Hutcheson Memorial Forest Center.