The Norman Transcript

March 20, 2014

Our county loves its trees

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — “You sit in the shade because someone planted a tree.”

— Unknown

Our love affair with trees continues. Much of Cleveland County was more of a prairie crossroads until settlers arrived and literally began putting down roots. OU’s first president David Ross Boyd was famous for his efforts to plant hardwoods around the campus.

The city and the university have been recognized for their efforts to preserve and maintain trees. Additionally, local utility companies have been recognized for their efforts to preserve trees where possible.

It’s not an easy job, noting Oklahoma’s weather. Thousands of trees have been lost or damaged over the years due to severe weather. Even the hardy hardwoods planted around campus are subject to ice, wind and disease.

We congratulate the city and the university for their recognition by the National Arbor Foundation.

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