Baker named Tree Campus USA
Lincoln, Neb. – The Arbor Day Foundation has named Baker University a 2011 Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective community forestry management. This is the second consecutive year of recognition for Baker.
Baker University achieved the designation by meeting the required five core standards for sustainable campus forestry: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
“Students throughout the country are passionate about sustainability and community improvement, which makes the emphasis on well-maintained and healthy trees so important,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Achieving Tree Campus USA recognition sets an example for other colleges and universities and allows students a chance to give back to both their campus community and the community at-large.”
Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Tree Campus USA is supported by a generous grant from Toyota.
“We take tremendous pride in caring for our trees to provide a wonderful landscape on the Baldwin City campus,” said Roger Boyd, Baker University’s director of natural areas. “The beauty of Baker University provides a welcoming environment for all of our visitors to enjoy.”
For Arbor Day on Friday, April 27, Boyd plans to plant three trees to honor retiring faculty members George Wiley, Preston Fambrough and Gary Giachino. The trees will be located north of the greenhouse, east side of Case Hall and the west side of Collins Library. The trees will be dedicated at 3:30 p.m. that day.
The Ivan Boyd Arboretum, established on the Baldwin City campus in 1978, has approximately 450 trees on the main campus and 114 species. The University annually adds species to the arboretum. To see more, go to http://www.bakeru.edu/baldwin/prospective-students/cultural-events/ivan-l-boyd-arboretum
Members of the Arboretum Committee are Roger Boyd, director of natural areas; Nate Poell, technical services librarian; Darrell Hathaway, lead groundskeeper; Jeremy Portlock, energy management technician; Sam Beecher, student representative; Steve Wright, Baker grounds-crew member; and Chris Hamill, a member of the Baldwin Tree Board and local nurseryman.
During 2011, the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota helped campuses throughout the country plant 30,000 trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities have invested more than $22 million in campus forest management. More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.