About fifty volunteers showed up yesterday to participate in the tree planting around Alumni Mall, one of many events held by Virginia Tech in honor of Earth Week.
According to Matt Gart, Virginia Tech’s campus landscape architect, events such as these help allow the
school to meet requirements for Tree Campus USA, and renew its certification each
Tech is a certified Tree Campus USA member, and has been since 2008.
However, volunteers weren’t the only participants. A small group from the advocacy organization Friends of Stadium Woods stood beside registration for the tree planting event. The group held signs and informed participants about the current debate surrounding the University’s proposed plan to build a new football practice facility in the campus’ Stadium Woods, a plot of land on campus that includes ancient white oaks.
“A lot of people can disagree on Stadium Woods,” said Gart. “But you can’t disagree on planting trees on