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Friday, March 21, 2014 - 4:48pm
Las Cruces, NM (NMSU) — New Mexico State University Aggie football players and NMSU Facilities and Services Grounds department employees teamed up Thursday morning to plant 35 trees in honor of New Mexico’s observance of Arbor Day.
“Giving back to the Las Cruces community and our beautiful university is extremely important to our program,” head coach Doug Martin said. “Helping Bud Jones and his staff at OFS plant the trees on the east side of the stadium is just another way we can help make our university a place that fans and students can enjoy and be proud of. We are always happy to help and are thankful for the opportunity to do so.”
The Chinese Pistache trees were planted along the east side of Aggie Memorial Stadium along Arrowhead Drive as part of the east campus enhancement project. The trees will be watered using bubbler irrigation.
“What’s really neat about this tree is the fall color it gives – the crimson and maroons it gives off,” said Orlando Flores, NMSU Facilities and Services Grounds department. “It’ll give a nice touch to the stadium.”
Though National Arbor Day is celebrated each year on the last Friday of April, individual states observe Arbor Day at a time that is best for planting trees in that area. New Mexico’s observance is officially the second Friday of March.
“The community – they go to our games, so we need to come out here and help them,” said Teldrick Morgan, NMSU Aggies wide receiver.