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UNC Maintains Recognition as Tree Campus Higher Education Institution

Photo of tree on UNC's campus

September 17, 2021

For the ninth year in a row, the University of Northern Colorado achieved recognition as a Tree Campus Higher Education institution by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

The Arbor Day Foundation 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 Higher Education’s five standards, which includes an establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and sponsorship of student service-learning projects. 

Currently, there are 392 campuses across the U.S. with this recognition. UNC is one of seven Colorado colleges and universities with the designation.

UNC has achieved this recognition 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.

UNC offers a self-guided tree tour with three different paths that anyone can embark on and appreciate the wide variety of tree species that thrive on UNC’s beautiful, natural landscape.