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UNC Maintains Tree Campus USA Designation

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February 11, 2019

The University of Northern Colorado was honored with 2018 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

In its 11th year, Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

UNC 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. 

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Currently, there are 364 campuses across the U.S. with this recognition. UNC is one of seven Colorado colleges and universities with the designation.

UNC has achieved Tree Campus USA status annually since 2012. UNC’s campus is also a certified arboretum recognized by the National ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. In addition to the campus's 3,468 trees, which include four Colorado Tree Coalition state champion 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. Take a self-guided tree tour on campus (the Tree Trails are being updated and will be finalized by Arbor Day on April 26).

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $51 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.