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The Kansas Forest Service Demonstration Arboretum and Honor Grove has been awarded Level II status by accrediting organizations and will be the site of an open house on April 23. | Download this photo.
Kansas Forest Service upgrades its arboretum accreditation from global organization
Open-house event planned for April 23
April 12, 2018
MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Kansas Forest Service maintains a unique, five-acre “backyard” which serves as a highly acclaimed resource to homeowners and conservationists alike, and the public is invited to celebrate its anniversary later this month.
The KFS’ Demonstration Arboretum and Honor Grove has achieved the status of a Level II Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum. The accreditation is awarded for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens.
The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity and professionalism.
The KFS arboretum is also accredited in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.
“We’re delighted that the arboretum and Honor Grove has again been recognized by the Morton Arboretum’s network,” said Kim Bomberger, community forester with the KFS. “We’ve worked hard to create a place for people to learn more about trees and shrubs suitable for planting in Kansas and the Great Plains. The ArbNet program is a good fit with the Kansas Forest Service’s interests of planting, studying, and encouraging the conservation of trees.”
The KFS will welcome the public to visit the arboretum for its 131st Anniversary and Arbor Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, April 23, at 2610 Claflin Road in Manhattan.
Activities will include guided tree walks at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., seedling giveaway, a tree planting at 12:30 p.m., a sawmill and tree climbing demonstration, and a Smokey …