The UW campus would look naked without its towering pines, hardy cedars and luscious cherry blossoms. These trees, as well as the 800 other distinct tree species on campus, have helped the university become recognized as a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation for the third consecutive year.
The Tree Campus USA award is given to schools who have achieved excellence in tree management and met five criteria for the award: having a campus tree advisory committee, a campus tree plan, campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures, Arbor Day observance, and annual service learning projects.
The Tree Campus USA program was started in 2008 to raise awareness about trees and forest management among college students. Sean Barry, director of media relations for the Arbor Day Foundation, said that through this program the Arbor Day Foundation hopes to inspire people to grow, care for, and celebrate trees.
“The goal of the program is to highlight the need to properly care for trees and to put effort into preserving them,” Barry said.
UW Arborist Sara Shores said the program is a way to get people to look at their urban forests holistically.