MONTICELLO, AR — The University of Arkansas at Monticello has once again earned Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation.
The announcement was made during an Arbor Day observance on the UAM campus Thursday afternoon, which included planting a redbud tree near the Centennial Clock Tower at the center of campus. Faculty, staff and Student Government Association officers took part in the ceremony, then joined personnel from the UAM Grounds Division and Tree Board to mulch about 120 trees, beginning near Weevil Pond and moving to other campus locations.
Tree Campus USA is a national program of the Arbor Day Foundation launched in 2008 that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship.
To receive Tree Campus USA recognition, UAM had to meet five standards of tree care and community engagement. Those standards included the formation of a campus tree advisory committee consisting of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, facility management personnel and members of the community.
The university was also required to develop a comprehensive campus tree care plan to include tree care policies and guidance for planting, maintaining, and removing trees, tree protection and preservation policies and procedures, completing a tree inventory of the campus and tree damage assessment.
A third standard was the creation of a campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures. The fourth and fifth standards included holding an Arbor Day Observance on campus and developing a service learning project related to tree care and conducted by students.
The Arbor Day Foundation launched Tree Campus USA in the fall of 2008 by planting trees at nine college campuses. For more information, contact www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.
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