AU-arboretum

10/23/00

Josh Till

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR CLEANING OF AUBURN'S DAVIS ARBORETUM

AUBURN -- Volunteers are needed to help spruce up the Donald E. Davis Arboretum on the Auburn University campus on Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

"We need people to come and help us keep the arboretum beautiful," said Bob Boyd, an AU associate professor of biological sciences who is helping coordinate the cleanup. "Whether they are students or faculty or just people from the community, we need volunteers to help us dig and remove unwanted plants, clean vines from fences, spread pine bark, painting bridges with wood sealer -- any number of things to keep the arboretum as attractive as possible."

The Davis Arboretum is a popular spot among AU students and faculty as well as visitors to the campus who go to enjoy its beauty. But its primarily purpose is as a teaching resource for various AU departments.

Located on College Street just south of the university president's home, Davis Arboretum contains more than 250 labeled woody plant species -- trees, shrubs and vines -- on 13 acres.

Those interested in participating in the cleanup are encouraged to bring their own tools. Some specifically need tools include round-point shovels, garden rakes, clippers, pruners and gloves.

Boyd said people interested in helping with the cleanup are asked to sign up prior to the day of the event.

"We are asking them to sign up so that we don't have a situation where we have more than enough people, which we've had before," he said. "Certainly, we appreciate everyone's interest, but we need a manageable workforce as well."

To sign up to participate in the cleanup or for more information, contact Arboretum Director Bob Rush, 334/844-5770.

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oct00:AU-arboretum CONTACT: Boyd, 844-1626.