LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –Cameron University celebrated Arbor Week Wednesday by planting an oak tree on campus.
The live oak was planted between Howell Hall and Veterans Grove. The event has been going on for several years and more than 1,000 trees have been planted across campus. Besides enhancing the landscape, benefits include creating shade in the Oklahoma heat, providing habitats for animals, consuming carbon dioxide and producing more oxygen.
Organizers say the live oak, and all the other trees on campus, are something everyone can enjoy for years to come.
"I hope if a student participates in the planting they'll consider this to be their tree and they'll want to come back in the future, and when they do come back they'll take time to walk by and see how their tree is doing," said Dr. Terry Conley, Dean of the School of Science and Technology.
The first Arbor Day was observed in Nebraska in 1872 when an estimated 1 million trees were planted. While 50 states observe Arbor Day, they do so during different times of the year, depending on their climates.
National Arbor Day is April 29.