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Sept. 14, 2018Maryville, MO | By: John Coffey
Northwest Missouri State University officials this afternoon will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the campus being designated Missouri's official arboretum.
A program open to the public will be held at 2:30 in Room 2550 of the Garrett-Strong Science Building will be led by director of the Missouri Arboretum at Northwest, Pat Ward. The celebration will culminate outside Garrett-Strong with a presentation by Jason Severe...a forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation, recognizing an Overcup Oak as a state champion tree and an American yellowwood as a state co-champion. Both are located between the B-D Owens Library and Garrett-Strong and have been designated as champion trees by state measurements recorded this summer.
The Northwest campus is home to more than 1,700 trees and more than 160 species cultivated from throughout the world. Three trails are located on campus to help visitors learn more about the trees and get an up-close view of them.