The University of Arkansas at Monticello has earned the designation Tree Campus USA for the third consecutive year, according to the Arbor Day Foundation.
Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Toyota helped launch the program and continues to provide financial support for the program.
UAM achieved the designation by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance, and student service-learning projects.
UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter called the announcement “great news for the campus. This is the result of a lot of planning and hard work by faculty, staff, students and members of the community. We are blessed with a beautiful campus and are aware of the responsibility we have to maintain the health and vitality of our campus forest.”
The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant hundreds of thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested $23 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.
For more information about UAM’s Tree Campus USA Program, contact the School of Forest Resources at (870) 460-1052.