In celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day, Lewis University in Romeoville hosted two conservation projects on April 20 and 27. As part of the projects, volunteers gathered to remove invasive plant species and plant new trees on campus.
On April 20, volunteers removed buckthorn, an invasive plant species, from the Burnham Centennial Nature Trail on the Main Campus in Romeoville. The project provided a clean new look to the trail, which is often used by students, faculty and staff for recreation.
Volunteers also planted an assortment of native trees in honor of Arbor Day. The trees were planted on the nature trail in areas where buckthorn had been removed and are a new addition to the more than 60 varieties of deciduous trees on campus.
Sponsored annually by Lewis University’s Environment and Energy Conservation Council, both events engage students and staff in the spirit of conservation and sustainability.
Lewis University has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation two consecutive years. The Romeoville campus has enough trees to also be considered an arboretum with programs available to dedicate a tree to a special person or cause. More information is available at www.alumni.lewisu.edu/green.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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