For the second consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has honored UNT as a 2009 Tree Campus USA for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.
"The Tree Campus USA program will have a long-lasting impact at the University of North Texas as it engages college students and local citizens to plant trees and create healthier communities for people to enjoy for decades to come," says John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The school will benefit from exceptional tree-care practices on campus as it works with tree-care professionals in the community to improve the tree canopy in Denton."
"It is a great honor to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA because it sends the message that if UNT can be a leader in tree protection by realizing the importance of trees to the campus landscape, then others can do so as well, " says Lanse Fullinwider, UNT's grounds manager. "Trees provide innumerable environmental benefits, and they bring great distinction to our campus."
"The significance of our natural environment has been an important part of UNT's 75-year history as an environmental steward, and this is nowhere more evident than in the university's efforts to protect its extensive tree population. As a second year recipient of the USA Tree Campus award, UNT continues to maintain this important asset to the university campus for future generations of youth who will live and learn on our campus," says Todd Spinks, director of the UNT Office of Sustainability.
UNT met the required five core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. Those standards are establishing a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.
The Arbor Day Foundation launched Tree Campus USA in the fall of 2008 by planting trees at nine college campuses throughout the United States.
Buddy Price with UNT News Service can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.