Yesterday, March 23rd, the Ag department hosted the planting of 50 trees, the second half of the 100 trees in celebration of our Centennial year (https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/centennial/calendar.asp). Actually, as of yesterday, we have planted 99 of the 100 trees, saving the last tree to be planted during the Garden Fest on April 20th. http://891418088421670332.weebly.com/. It will be an Oak tree, and according to Lindsey Ono, Chair of the Ag department, a tree that is known for its beauty, strength and longevity.
The Tree Foundation of Kern (http://www.urbanforest.org/) sponsored yesterday’s tree planting of the Centennial trees. The trees were donated by contributions from Trans West and PG & E. The purpose for the variety of trees selected is to create a shade walk on campus, beautify and create a selection of trees for an arboretum. The arboretum status will allow us to also hold industry tests for the professional groups such as California Landscape Contractors Association, California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers, and the International Society of Arborists.
It is always great to see our community come to its college and yesterday, march 23rd, they certainly did, with enthusiasm to plant the 49 trees. The Ag department had the ground prepped ahead of time with the trees in their 5-gallon containers ready for the volunteers to plant.
Our group of five, Sonette Russell (Forestry major transferring to Humboldt State at the end of this term), her nephew Wyatt Wynn, Neeley Hatridge (faculty from the Communications department), Janet Tarjan (math faculty) and myself had responsibility for a tall beautiful Russian Olive tree. I must confess that I did a lot more standing around than working with the shovel :)