On a recent Saturday morning, five members of The Princeton Wilderness Society, a student group, assisted Facilities’ Grounds crew with planting three trees on campus. The campus service opportunity was coordinated by the Office of Sustainability in celebration of Earth Month.

After planting trees, the students were treated to a tour of the University’s greenhouses, compost and mulch yard, and tree nursery where they learned how trees are extracted for transplanting on campus.  

The Princeton Shade Tree Commission (STC) needs volunteers to help the municipality of Princeton prepare for an infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer, a non-native pest that kills all species of ash trees.  This metallic green insect was first encountered in Michigan in 2002 and was found in Princeton in 2015. Ninety-nine percent of all untreated ash trees will die within 2-4 years of infestation. Dead ash trees become brittle and can be a hazard to life and property.

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