CUMBERLAND — Allegany College of Maryland will observe Arbor Day on April 19 with a presentation on Maryland’s historic trees, a presidential proclamation and a campus tree planting. 

The public event, which starts at noon, features a talk by Francis “Champ” Zumbrun, who served for many years as forest manager of Green Ridge State Forest. The retired forester  volunteers with the Allegany County Forestry Board, Evergreen Heritage Center and the Committee for Maryland Conservation History, among other groups.

In “Forests for the Future,” Zumbrun will discuss Maryland’s historic trees and their role in shaping forest conservation in the state.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources staff will demonstrate proper tree-planting techniques with assistance from forestry students and faculty members.

Marie Perrin Miller, instructor of biology and forestry, will serve as master of ceremonies. ACM President Cynthia Bambara will offer a proclamation on the college’s commitment to trees and the environment.

The college Arbor Day celebration underscores ACM’s pledge to environmental sustainability and the value it places on trees. The plantings will increase the urban tree canopy, a stated goal of city government, and reinforce ACM’s Tree Campus USA status from the Arbor Day Foundation, obtained three years ago.

The distinction recognizes colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees, increasing the tree canopy and conserving natural resources. ACM is the only community college in the state with Tree-Campus USA status and one of only four Maryland higher education institutions so designated.

ACM’s Arbor Day event, in the Science Building, is coordinated by the Campus Tree Committee in collaboration with the Physical Plant. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Miller at 301-784-5256 or mperrin@allegany.edu. Information is also available on the ACM website, www.allegany.edu.

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