As part of the Roger Williams University Arboretum project, RWU teamed up with the Rhode Island Tree Council to offer the first in a series of tree stewards certification courses; the five-week session culminated with a hands-on planting workshop on Oct. 31. Tree Council Director John Campanini led the course with support from the RWU Living Learning Communities (LLC) program and The Newport Tree Society. Thirty-five students from across the disciplines – including 10 architecture majors from the Macro LLC: Reforestation for Climate Change – joined members of the general public to learn the principles of cultivating and maintaining arbor health. The program aims to prepare student leaders for arboretum efforts on campus and in the community and to extend the opportunity to learn arbor care to local residents. The class put their new skills to the test at the conclusion of the course, planting three red maples (courtesy of the Rhode Island Tree Council) on the RWU campus.
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