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University of Iowa News Release

June 24, 2003

Arboretum Seeks Volunteers For June 29 Tree Planting

The University of Iowa Arboretum is seeking volunteers to help plant about two dozen new trees and distribute bark mulch around the trees from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29, on the arboretum grounds, across the Iowa River from the Voxman Music Building and beginning at the north end of Madison Street.

Volunteers should gather at the east end of the footbridge across from the Voxman Music Building. The campus shops and grounds crew will provide wheelbarrows and tools. Volunteers are urged to wear appropriate clothing and shoes, gloves, a hat and sunscreen. Drinking water will be provided.

Biological Sciences Professor Jeffry Schabilion, arboretum administrator, will offer a brief tour of the grounds, outline future plans for development and answer questions.

The arboretum serves as an outdoor laboratory for UI botany students and is a popular scenic spot for area plant enthusiasts. The collection now includes more than 160 different kinds of trees and shrubs.

For further information contact David Brenzel, coordinator, Museum of Natural History, at 335-0480 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, Writer, 319-384-0009,