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Urban forestry scholarship established

Urban forestry is becoming increasingly important throughout the nation as cities and towns consider the numerous benefits of trees. In Mississippi alone, 29 communities have been designated as Tree City, USA, by the National Arbor Day Foundation. As the need for trees in towns becomes more apparent, demand for trained urban foresters continues to rise. "Currently, there are not enough urban foresters to fill the numerous positions available in cities and towns across the nation," said Steve Grado, professor in the department of forestry. "A scholarship to encourage students to pursue urban forestry is both timely and relevant." In August 2006, the Professional Arborist Association of Mississippi and the Mississippi Urban Forest Council established the Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Memorial Scholarship at MSU to address need for trained professionals in urban forestry. "The scholarship is for a junior or senior student in the urban forestry option of the forestry major with an interest in arboriculture and a grade-point average of at least 3.0," said Sue Buckalew, secretary/treasurer of the arborist association. The scholarship honors deceased members of the association, Buckalew added. The recipient should be a junior or senior, and preference will be given to junior college transfer students and students whose interests lie in tree care and urban forestry. The Professional Arborist Association of Mississippi is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the future health and vitality of urban forests by promoting public awareness, good stewardship, continuing education, professional training and adherence to best practices in the field of arboriculture. Mississippi Urban Forest Council is a nonprofit organization aimed at fostering and promoting proper management of urban forests for social, economic and environmental benefits to people through innovation, leadership, communication and educational services. If you are interested in contributing to the Arboriculture/ Urban Forestry Memorial Scholarship, contact Jeff Little at 662-325-8151 or jlittle@foundation.

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