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Bethlehem, Pa., September 17, 2013— Before the leaves begin to fall at Moravian College, a group of students from the Ecology (BIOL 360) class will conduct a Campus Tree Inventory Project. The students be working with Bartlett Tree Experts, Inc. (Dublin, Pa.) to begin identifying the trees, recording their GPS coordinates, measuring vital information (e.g. diameter, height, etc.), and assessing the health of each tree on Moravian’s campuses.
“This project illustrates how we provide students with a real-world experience in which they work with professionals in their field in a significant way to enhance not only their own educational experience, but also enhance the campus environment,” said Biology Professor Frank T. Kuserk who serves as director of the Environmental Studies & Sciences Program at Moravian. “The information gained will be entered into a database that can then be used to manage our trees more effectively. In addition, the database will create a resource that our own students and faculty can use in their research. For example, students in our Introductory Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course can utilize the database to create maps that highlight various aspects of our campus.”
The Bartlett team will visit Professor Kuserk’ s ecology class on Friday, September 20, to provide instruction on the process. After class, the students will travel to the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus and divide into groups and work with the Bartlett team on collecting the required information. As an assignment they will be required to research and prepare reports that will be part of the database.
Last spring, Moravian’s Sustainability Committee, Office of Facilities Management, Planning and Construction, and the United Student Government got together to plan a Campus Tree Inventory Project that has as its objective the cataloguing of the trees on both of our campuses. Each group contributed $2000 to fund the project that is being coordinated by Randy Haffling, general services manager at Moravian College.
“After all, the 6th oldest college in America should showcase its heritage and, as we know, we possess several unique and historic trees that make us an even more interesting place to visit,” Kuserk noted.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s website at www.moravian.edu.