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Tree Campus USA is a program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, which recognizes college and university campuses across the nation that:

  • Manage their campus trees effectively.
  • Develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy, urban forests.
  • Utilize service learning opportunities centered on campus, and community, forestry efforts.

In order to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA University, FGCU had to complete an application process which included meeting five standards developed by the Arbor Day Foundation. These standards are designed to promote student involvement on campus. Click here to view the standards.

A committee was formed consisting of students, faculty, staff, and members of the surrounding community to develop the Tree Campus Plan and complete the application for entrance into the program.

To help qualify for the Tree Campus USA program, a conservation map was created by Johnson Engineering that provides a detailed description of the wetlands and uplands on the FGCU campus. This map will help with urban forestry projects to keep with the Tree Campus USA mission. Click here to view the map.

FGCU was certified as an official Tree Campus USA university on January 9, 2010, and has met annual recertification standards since that time. The Tree Care Advisory Committee continues to meet throughout the year to discuss ways to implement and improve the original Tree Campus Plan.

In February, 2012, FGCU was selected to receive $5,000 grant awarded from the National Arbor Day Foundation for its work with the Tree Campus USA program. The grant was used to purchase 36 LAUREL OAK trees that were planted on the FGCU Library Lawn on January 20, 2012, in honor of Florida Arbor Day. The Arbor Day Foundation also supplied Tree Campus USA t-shirts, hats, gloves and lunch for 100 volunteers. Student volunteers, staff, and faculty gathered to plant the trees that now provide valuable shade in a highly visible and much used hub of campus activity. 

FGCU was the first University in the country to receive the National Arbor Day Award for the best Arbor Day Celebration on February 9, 2012, due to the efforts set forth by the Tree Care Advisory Committee and FGCU’s commitment to urban forestry. Click here for more information about the award.

 

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