The University of Findlay was honored with 2018 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This represents the third consecutive year that UF has received the recognition.
The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. The University of Findlay achieved the title by meeting the program’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project. Currently there are 364 campuses across the United States with this recognition.
In 2018 Findlay hosted a public Arbor Day and Earth Day celebration by planting four oak trees near the Davis Street Building. Campus Arbor Day events and other University urban forestry efforts are organized by Ben Dolan, Ph.D., associate professor of biology.
“We had a successful year for tree care,” said Dolan. “Faculty, staff and students contributed to our planting program, and we raised over $500 for new trees.”
The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA institutions invested more than $51 million in campus forest management last year, the organization said.