UNC Once Again Recognized as Tree Campus USA

The silver maple outside of Presidents Row residence halls is the oldest and largest tree on campus.

For the third consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the University of Northern Colorado with Tree Campus USA designation.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

UNC retained the title by continuing to meet the program's five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.

The university is also a certified arboretum recognized by the National ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. The accreditation program is sponsored by Morton Arboretum in cooperation with the American Public Gardens Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. In addition to the campus's 3,700 trees, the arboretum includes over 17,000 flowers, hundreds of perennial plantings, a xeric garden with neighboring community garden plots, and a Colorado grassland exhibit.

UNC is also home to the Colorado Tree Coalition state champion trees based on their size:

  • A Kentucky coffee tree (northwest of Frasier Hall)
  • Two Amur cork trees (north of Gray Hall and south of Gray Hall in the parking lot island)
  • A pecan tree (northeast of the intersection of 9th Avenue and 19th Street).

To take self-guided tree tours visit www.unco.edu/treetour. Group tours are given annually on Arbor and Earth day.

The Arbor Day Foundation and Tree Campus USA sponsor Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant hundreds of thousands of trees. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.