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Plant Trees at WIU's Horn Field Campus April 27 to Commemorate National Arbor Day

April 22, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – National Arbor Day is slated for Friday, April 26, and to commemorate the event, members of the Western Illinois University, Macomb and surrounding communities are invited to plant saplings at WIU's Horn Field Campus beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

According to Horn Field Campus Program Coordinator Mindy Pheiffer, as the result of a recent grant from the Arbor Day Foundation, Horn Field Campus received thousands of saplings to plant at the 92-acre retreat (located south of Macomb) for an ongoing reforestation project. The April 27 Arbor Day commemoration planting will also feature short instructional sessions (at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.) conducted by WIU Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Assistant Professor Rob Porter.

"We still have a few thousand saplings to plant at Horn Field Campus, so Rob and I thought an Arbor Day planting would be appropriate," Pheiffer said. "Individuals who come out to help plant will also be able to learn."

Porter added that attendees should wear sturdy boots (if possible), long pants and long-sleeve shirts and bring gloves (if they have them).

Written by Porter and David King, executive director of Prairie Hills Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. (Macomb), the Arbor Day Foundation's grant award will help facilitate the ongoing strategic plan for WIU's 92-acre retreat: to continue to work toward making Horn Field Campus' forest and prairie areas ecologically healthy, recreationally safe and aesthetically pleasing.

For more information, contact Pheiffer at (309) 833-5798 or or Porter at (309) 298-1967 or

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