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UWFox To Celebrate Arbor Day with ‘Tree Campus USA’ Recognition 

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley faculty, staff and students, as well as representatives from the UW Colleges, will be celebrating Arbor Day 2013 with special presentations and a ceremony this Friday, April 26, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in front of the campus’ Children’s Center (located on the east side of the campus).  Joining the ceremony will be officials from the City of Menasha and representatives from Menasha Utilities.Tree Campus USA

UWFox has earned the “Tree Campus USA” designation according to criteria established by the Arbor Day Foundation (Lincoln, NE).  The honor and designation is awarded to a campus that effectively manages its trees; develops connectivity with the community beyond campus borders in order to foster healthy, urban forests; and strives to engage its student population to utilize service learning opportunities centered on the campus, community and forestry efforts. The Campus Tree USA program is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota. Toyota helped launch the program and continues its generous financial support.

Dr. Martin Rudd, UWFox campus executive officer and dean, said, “To be named as a ‘Tree Campus USA’ by the Arbor Foundation, the first campus in the University of Wisconsin Colleges, is a wonderful honor. We have been working on the development of a tree care plan, as part of our wider sustainability efforts, for several months and this presented an excellent opportunity to partner with our local counties and municipalities, especially the City of Menasha. We have faculty, staff and students who are all eager to support environmental stewardship and greening the campus on which we learn and work.”

In being recognized as a “Tree City USA,” the Arbor Day Foundation recognizes the City of Menasha by “meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry,” including maintaining a tree board or department; having a community tree ordinance; spending at least $2.00 per capita on urban forestry; and, celebrating Arbor Day.

Menasha Utilities received the “Tree Line USA” designation as one of the private or public utilities that demonstrate “best practices that protect and enhance” the nation’s urban forests. The Tree Line USA program “promotes the dual goals of safe, reliable electric service and abundant, healthy trees across the utility service areas.” 

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.

The University of Wisconsin Fox Valley achieved the title 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.

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.

The ceremony and presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Arbor Day Celebration on April 26, contact Meagan Hardwick, campus marketing specialist, 920-832-2624 or email Meagan.hardwick@uwc.edu.

Posted 4/25/2013