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Arboretum Recertification Looks Promising

Publication Date: 12/1/2010

Biology Professor Rosanna Cappellato recently accompanied a photographer around campus who took photos of more than 40 types of leaves as part of Rhodes being recertified as an arboretum. Over the past year, Cappellato and her team have identified and tagged 90 different species of trees on campus. Upon completion of an accompanying brochure and map of the species, Rhodes will meet all the qualifications to be certified as a Level 3 Arboretum.

“I hope that by March we will have everything ready,” says Cappellato. “It is now just a matter of putting all the information together. I am very pleased that all 90 trees have been tagged, and I know people will really enjoy knowing which species is which.”

Rhodes was last certified as an arboretum in 1992. At that time, there were 164 species on campus, classifying the area as a Level 4 arboretum. Rhodes no longer meets the criteria for a Level 4, but Physical Plant has created a wish list of trees to be funded in part by a $2,500 donation from the Class of 2010.

“The idea is that we plant more trees and even if they are too small this year, we will be accumulating more species to then apply for a Level 4 certification in five years,” explains Cappellato.

Adam Alsamadisi ’12 and Diana Wong ’12 have been assisting Cappellato in the recertification effort by creating a Google Earth map of trees on campus. Using GPS, the two are in the process of creating an aerial map that locates specific trees and provides the scientific name for each, as well as the origin of the species and what each can be used for.

Cappellato says the certification is important for educational and community purposes. “There are a lot of people who are interested in our green infrastructures on campus,” explains Cappellato. “Not many people know that we have 90 different species here. I think this will be a way to increase both knowledge and appreciation.”

(information compiled by Rhodes Student Associate Lucy Kellison ’13)


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Susan Kus December 1, 2010

I think we all need to applaud the effort of Prof. Cappellato and her student assistants in this excellent effort to help our community turn a spotlight on our campus′ environmental beauty and wealth.