MISSOULA – The University of Montana was honored with the Arbor Day Foundation’s 2015 Tree Campus USA recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
The foundation created Tree Campus USA in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. UM achieved the title by meeting 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.
“This is a great recognition for our beautiful UM campus and a testament to years of efforts to plant more than 2,200 trees of over 100 species,” said John Goodburn, UM arboretum committee chairman.
The UM campus was designated the official state arboretum of Montana in 1991 by an act of the state Legislature and approval by the Montana University System Board of Regents.
“In this 25th anniversary year, we have redoubled our efforts to raise public awareness of the state arboretum and the many benefits of urban trees,” Goodburn said.
Goodburn credits a community of people for continued attention to the arboretum, which helped earn UM the recent Tree Campus USA recognition.
“The honor is thanks to a dedicated grounds crew and support from the University administration, as well as various staff, citizens and faculty working on the UM Arboretum Committee to establish a diverse collection of North American woody species for public education, student instruction and a natural biological legacy for the citizens of Montana,” he said.
There now are 254 campuses across the United States with Tree Campus USA recognition. More information about the Arbor Day Foundation is available online at http://www.arborday.org. For more information about UM’s arboretum committee, call Goodburn at 406-243-4295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.