Co-Lin receives a grant to participate in Planting Mississippi: From the Ground Up

Co-Lin has received a landscaping grant for tree planting and beautification throughout the campus. The projects include landscaping the entrance of campus, the pedestrian corridor and creating a fruit tree orchard. The Mississippi Urban Forest Council has partnered with America in Bloom and Canadian National Railroad to bring this project to the college. 

“We are so excited to participate in this initiative for both campus beautification and the education opportunities it will provide.” said Dr. Jane Hulon Sims, Co-Lin President. The college will host a sign installation event at the fruit tree orchard on April 19, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. The public is invited to join the event.

“These types of activities are significant improvements to the community. The social impact of green space, trees and gardens can be particularly pronounced when public spaces are transformed into places of beauty that foster safe places for neighborhood interaction, economic and property value enhancement, and improves the lives of those that live in or visit the community. This partnership is a good example of how collaboration between private, municipal and nonprofit can accomplish improvements for all Mississippi communities.” according to Donna Yowell, executive director of the MUFC. 

The Mississippi Urban Forest Council is Mississippi’s only statewide nonprofit that works with communities and local groups to improve quality of life through landscapes and support strong communities for economic success on a local level. MUFC was recently recognized by the MS Business Journal as one of Mississippi’s best nonprofits.  We are thrilled to work so very closely with the City and provide this opportunity for more enhancement in our state.  These projects will be part of a series of Arboretums in the state and these cities will become part of the Mississippi Arboretum Trail.  You can reach the MUFC at (601) 672-0755 to volunteer in one of 16 communities.

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting approximately C$250 billion worth of goods annually for the wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. CN –Canadian National Railroad Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries—serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Montreal New Orleans, Mobile and Jackson, MS with connections to all points in North America.

America in Bloom envisions communities across the country as welcoming and vibrant places to live, work and play –benefitting from colorful plants and trees; enjoying clean environments; celebrating heritage; and planting pride through volunteerism.  America In Bloom promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements.  America in Bloom is an independent non-profit 501©3 organization and contributions to AIB are tax deductible.

“Help Green Our Communities. Trees enhance property values, improve the look and feel of commercial areas, and even help reduce crime!   The Mississippi Urban Forest Council and its’ volunteers, the Urban Forest Masters have planted over 379,000 trees and donated over 3 million flower bulbs in Mississippi since 2010.  For more information on Mississippi programs visit our web site at