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April 1, 2015
By Erin Dillon, media relations assistant
For the second consecutive year Northwest Missouri State University has earned Tree Campus USA recognition.
To gain the recognition Northwest met five core standards for effective campus forest management that consist of a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for the program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.
“Northwest is a place that utilizes its resources and has respect for the environment,” Travis Stokes, Northwest’s manager of landscape and sustainability, said. “By getting this type of recognition it shows the good stewardship that we have as a University. Our staff works very hard and does an exceptional job for our students and the University.”
Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.
The Missouri State Legislature designated the Northwest campus as the Missouri Arboretum in 1993. Today, the campus is home to more than 1,700 trees and more than 130 species cultivated from throughout the world. Three trails – the Gaunt Trail, Tower Trail and Chautauqua Trail – also traverse the campus to help visitors learn about the trees and get an up-close view of them.
The University’s legacy of caring for trees and developing its lush landscape dates back to nearly 50 years before the institution’s founding in 1905. About 85 acres of the 330-acre campus were originally part of a tree farm and nursery established by Thomas Gaunt in 1857. Northwest estimates 10 trees in the vicinity of the Gaunt home, which now serves as a residence for the University president and his family, were planted around the time Gaunt tended the land.
For more information about the Missouri Arboretum, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/arboretum/.
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