Earth Day Tree Planting - Hamilton College

Earth Day Tree Planting

The Champion Tree Project of Albany, New York, has scheduled a Tree Planting Ceremony at Hamilton College to coincide with this year's celebration of Earth Day the previous day. A tree grafted and grown from the Michigan State Champion White Ash will be planted in an area southwest of the Root Glen Information Booth. (The booth is located behind the Admission Office. Please park in the Admission Office's upper parking lot).

It is hoped this tree will be the beginning of a "Living Library of Champion Trees." Living Libraries are being established throughout the U.S. to serve as genetic archives of the nation's biggest, oldest and best trees. The project is being undertaken to safeguard the heritage of U.S. forests as a legacy for future generations. The nation's largest Norway Spruce is located in Hamilton's Root Glen. The College has already agreed to participate in the Champion Tree Project by allowing its Norway Spruce to be cloned for future Living Libraries.

Following the planting ceremony, there will be a moderated discussion on how to design and plant a living library as a genetic archive to preserve national and state champion trees.

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