Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1998-04-241
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Xeber State LJisjixErsnrv IK EEdrsi nzx itihjee April 24, 1998 - April 30, 1998 XZ5 fftn ri nzx Ian, 3 years old, screams in delight as he is handed a scrub oak tree on Wednesday. Ian and other students from Weber State University's Children's School helped conserve water and purify the air while participating in the xeriscaping project. WSU students also did their part by planting trees around the W5 parking area. Do . '.:.--..-.-si 11 v-;- ' ' 1 O :;"; li JD 0 o $P?x v y v t f A Kf5 t ... .j If! ' b 3 . . if Eakth Day By Patrick Parkinson asst. news editor-77?e Signpost D o you know what xeriscaping is? As a part of Weber State University's 1998 Earth Day cel ebration, a groundbreaking took place Wednesday to present a new environmental project to the campus. Brian Dorsey, a professor in WSU's geography department, explained a xeriscaping project which has been spawned by the Environmental Issues Standing Committee. Xeriscaping is a process which seeks to utilize land more efficiently by increasing water conservation. Plant selection is an important part of beginning the xeriscaping process. "We've developed landscapes that aren't really adaptive to this type of climate," Dorsey said. He said for Utah's semi-arid climate, we need to get away from tlic traditional lawn, and landscape with more adaptive plants. Successful xeriscaping also requires vital soil nutrients and efficient irrigation. The use of mulch will help cut down on weeds and evaporation and works to slow down erosion. Some statistics say watering our lawns in Utah uses about half the state's treated drinking water. "We're trying to make changes in the ways we approach water conservation for the campus," Dorsey said. Dorsey and Barbara Wachocki, a WSU botany professor who also spoke at the ceremony, work on WSU's EISC. The committee began in the early 1990s and has worked to ensure an ethical, ecological approach to campus affairs. Having implemented a growing recycling program on our campus, the xeriscaping project is the committee's latest focus. "We live in one of the driest states in the Union, yet we expect huge expanses of lawn and lush gardens without a thought about the amount of water it takes to maintain such landscape," said Caril Jennings, chairwoman of the committee. "We need to start finding and appreciating another kind of natural beauty that truly reflects our western environment. We hope our gardens will become good advertisements for xeriscaping. Of course, it will take a few years for these gardens to become established so we are really looking forward to beginning this project as soon as the weather allows." The professors also stressed the importance of hydrozoning when developing landscaping plans. "Hydrozoning is basically landscaping with water conservation in mind," Wachocki said. For more on the Environment See Page 2 She said not only can the use of drought-tolerant plants be important for water conservation, but how the plants are arranged can also be important. Plants needing similar amounts of water should be grouped together,, therefore saturation is not necessary for assuring that each plant is satiated. "You develop different water zones within your landscape area," Wachocki said. Others on WSU's campus also got involved in the Earth Day celebration. A group of about 30 youngsters from WSU's day-care facility planted almost 300 new trees on awest-facing hill, south of the science building. And WSU students participated in another tree planting on the east side of campus. Representatives from several local and statewide environmental organizations were on campus Wednesday to promote their individual causes. Local groups like the Ogdcn Canyon Club and Ogden Nature Center were eager to discuss theirefforts with students, while scientists from Utah State University shared their views about the importance of healthy farmland. For information on any WSU environment-related issue, contact Jennings at 626-6431 or via email, crjcr.ningswcbcr.edu.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1998-04-24, Vol. , No.|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|