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Tree Campus




Tree Campus USA

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arbor day 054.JPGWMU Landscape Services was one of 29 campuses to earn the designation of "Tree Campus USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation in 2008 (the first year of this award). We have been re-certified every year since 2008.  We are one of only two colleges in Michigan to receive this certification. The program is modeled on the foundation's popular Tree City USA program which began in 1976.

"These schools have made a major commitment to protecting, caring for, and adding to their campus forest. The results of this commitment will have a lasting, positive impact, not only on campus but in the overall community." John Rosenow, founder of the Arbor Day Foundaion.

National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on other dates according to the best tree planting times. This year, WMU celebrated Arbor Day by planting a bald cypress at the east end of Goldsworth Valley Pond. Read about the 2013 Arbor Day tree in the Baldcypress Biography and see pictures of the other Baldcypress trees on Campus



Pete Strazdas,Associate Vice President of WMU facilities Management (on right) and Tim Holysz, Director of WMU Landscape Serveices help to plant the 2013 Arbor Day tree at the Goldsworth Valley Pond.



WMU Tree Care Plan

 Tree Campus USA 2013


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Award Letter
Click on the image above to read acceptance letter

In order to becertified as a Tree Campus USA, a college must meet five criteria:

  1. Must have a Tree Advisory Committee
  2. Must devleop and implement a Campus Tree Care Plan
  3. Campus Tree Care Program with dedicated annual tree expenditures
  4. Arbor Day observance
  5. Tree-related service learning project

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Kalamazoo MI 49008- USA
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