Tree Campus USA

Dr. Bryan Dutton here at WOU wants to start taking the steps to make our university the next addition to the long list of schools recognized as “Tree Campuses”.

The Arbor Day Foundation has a program entitled : Tree Campus USA. To be a part of the Universities involved in Tree Campus USA, your school must  :

  • Effectively manage their campus trees.
  • Develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy, urban forests.
  • Strive to engage their student population utilizing service learning opportunities centered on campus, and community, forestry efforts.

On Friday December 4th, Dr. Dutton and his assistant Jacob Higgins will be holding a tree survey workshop here on campus. Students who wish to participate should meet in the lobby of the Natural Sciences Building at 12pm. The workshop will actively involve participants in introducing the process of data gathering for a campus tree inventory. They plan on a providing a brief description of the project’s goals followed by an outdoor demonstration of the equipment used (e.g., GPS units, digital cameras, hypsometers, “manual” data sheets) and the data that will be gathered.

This is just the beginning of meeting the 5 requirements to being recognized as a part of “Tree Campus USA” , but with the help of students and faculty, this project has the potential to take off.

Western Oregon University, Tree Campus USA — Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?