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April 22, 2016
For the third consecutive year Northwest Missouri State University has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
Northwest achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.
Two hundred fifty-four campuses throughout the United States received the recognition.
“This is a great recognition for Northwest that demonstrates the support we receive from the University community,” said Travis Stokes, Northwest’s manager of landscape and sustainability and director of the Missouri Arboretum. “We work diligently to maintain our beautiful campus and the Missouri Arboretum, and it’s great to be recognized for the work we do.”
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. The Gaunt home now serves as a residence for the University president and his family.
Last year the Northwest campus was named one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.” by BestCollegesOnline.org. For more information about the Missouri Arboretum, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/arboretum/.
The Arbor Day Foundation – a nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees – has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees. Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $36.8 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.
“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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