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Summer 2009
hanks to a generous parent, William
Woods University recently received
more than 50 donated trees to aid
in campus beautifcation, and in honor of
National Arbor Day, “The Woods” got
more populated.
The parent,
Bill Spradley
of Trees, Forests,
Landscapes, Inc. in Kirkwood, Mo., planted three
additional trees on April 24 and led a campus
tour explaining the project.
Spradley and members of the William Woods
science faculty discussed the need for plants in
certain locations, what reforestation is and why
biodiversity is important, and the value of
planting Missouri native trees, as well as how
students, alumni and the community could
get involved.
In March, Spradley and one of his suppliers,
Mike Rood
of Pea Ridge Forest in Hermann, Mo.,
donated more than 50 trees and brought their
crews to campus to help with the planting.
Spradley was moved to make his generous
donation because his daughter, Kelcie, is a
sophomore at William Woods, and he wanted
to thank the university for ensuring that Kelcie
had a successful transition into college life.
Biodiversity and reforestation efforts included
the 12th Street entrance to campus, replacing
trees damaged by ice storms, planting trees
native to Missouri, improving the natural look
of the campus lake areas and providing color
during different seasons.
Top left: Bill Spradley hugs his daughter, Kelcie, a
WWU sophomore.
Second from left: Quentin Plaster, 5, does his part to
plant a tree on the William Woods University campus
during an Arbor Day celebration.
Third from left: A landscaper from Trees, Forests,
Landscapes, Inc. works on restoring the plants at
the 12th Street entrance.
Far right: The 12th Street entrance as it looks today.