U of A receives 5th Tree Campus USA designation - Tucson News Now

U of A receives 5th Tree Campus USA designation

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The University of Arizona has againreceived recognition from the Tree Campus USA for its work in promoting healthytrees and engaging students and staff in the 'spirit of conservation'.

U of A maintains one of the oldestcontinually maintained public green spaces in Arizona, according to a recent Uof A release.

This will be the fifth year that the UA'sCampus Arboretum has earned this designation. The Arboretum is a division of the College of Agriculture and LifeSciences, which is dedicated to promoting sustainable landscape practices baseson the science of tree care and education on campus and across the state.

There were five standards that had to be metin order to receive the designation - a committee devoted to tree care, animplemented campus tree care plan, dedicated expenditures for tree care, plansto observe Arbor Day and a service learning project that involves students -the U of A qualified on all of those. 

"Your entire campus community shouldbe proud of your sustained commitment to environmental stewardship," saidJohn Rosenow, President of the Arbor Day Foundation and noted in a letter tothe university.  "We applaud yourcommitment to the community and to the trees of the University of Arizona andthank you for helping to create a healthier planet for us all." 

There are more than 500 different treespecies from across the globe, represented on the UA campus - they include thejam tree of South Australia; the kaffir thorn of South Africa and the wadiacacia of the Middle East;  as well as plantsindigenous to the southwest, like the desert willow, the visco, the white thornacacia and of course the iconic saguaro. 

To learn more about Tree Campus USA goonline to http://arborday.org/programs/treecampususa/.

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