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      Albany Tech students plant live oak for Arbor Day

      A local college celebrated Arbor Day Monday by planting a tree on campus.

      / Cody Long

      A local college celebrated Arbor Day Monday by planting a tree on campus.

      Students and staff at Albany Technical College gathered on the lawn to plant a live oak, the Georgia state tree.

      Albany Tech has done this for the past few years, planting a tree in different areas on campus. Horticulture students were involved in the inventory and planting process.

      It's one of the requirements for being a Tree Campus USA which is a national program run by the Arbor Day Foundation.

      The tree was planted outside of the Nathaniel Cross Health Care Technology building.

      "It's going to be a large shade tree," Chuck Norvell with the Georgia Forestry Commission said. "It's a very tough tree and those are the trees that have been planted in this area right here. We've got this year's, last year's, and the year before."

      Albany Tech has been in Tree Campus USA since 2008.

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