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Arbor Day Foundation Honors University of Maryland with 2014 Tree Campus USA Recognition

March 30, 2015

Karen Petroff, University of Maryland, 301-405-8952
Anthony Marek, Arbor Day Foundation, 402-473-9563

UMD to plant willow oak on campus in observance of Arbor Day on April 1

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland was honored with 2014 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. 

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. UMD achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’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. 

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”

Arbor Day is celebrated in 133 countries around the world and is designated in Maryland as the first Wednesday of April each year. In observance of Arbor Day on April 1, UMD will plant a willow oak, Quercus phellos, on McKeldin Mall at Symons Hall with the schedule as follows:

The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $29 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA