The Tree Campus USA Program at UAM

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CAPTION First Picture: Deputy State Forester Larry Nance (left) and Commissioner Jerry Davis (right) of the Arkansas Forestry Commission present, on behalf of the Arbor Day Foundation, the Tree Campus USA plaque to UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter on April 15, 2011. UAM received the Tree Campus USA recognition for meeting the program’s standards for the year 2010.

CAPTION Second Picture: April 2, 2015 Arbor Day Celebration and Tree City/Tree Campus USA ceremonies at UAM. Jerry Lynn (Arkansas Forestry Commission) presented the Tree City USA flag to Monticello Mayor Zach Tucker, and the Tree Campus USA flag to UAM Interim Chancellor Jay Jones. UAM School of Forestry and Natural Resources Dean Dr. Philip Tappe holds the flag with Jay Jones. Looking on are special guest Smokey Bear, Mayor Zach Tucker, and SGA representatives Taylor Norris and Shane Bostian.

Contact:  Mr. Jay Jones, Chair, UAM Campus Tree Board
              Vice-Chancellor of Finance and Administration
              (870) 460-1022

The University of Arkansas at Monticello has achieved Tree Campus USA status each year since 2010.

The Tree Campus USA program is an initiative to foster the development of the next generation of tree stewards. The program is designed to award national recognition to college campuses and the leaders of their surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. Since the program’s inception in 2008, more than 225 college and university campuses have reached Tree Campus USA status nationally.

UAM joins the City of Monticello as being recognized for having an urban forestry and tree care program. Monticello has been a Tree City USA since 2008. Both the Tree Campus USA and Tree City USA programs are sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation. The national Tree City USA program began as a 1976 Bicentennial project, and has recognized urban and community forestry programs in more than 3400 communities.

UAM Campus Tree Facts:

Number of trees on main campus: 1458
Number of tree species represented: 80
Top 10 species in terms of frequency:

Loblolly pine Crape myrtle
Baldcypress Water oak
Pecan Willow oak
Sweetgum  Red maple
Shumard oak Post oak

Visit the UAM Arboretum, behind the Math & Science Center, where many of the trees have been labeled with name tags.

Five standards must be met annually in order to become/continue as a Tree Campus USA:

1) Tree Board – made up of campus representatives – administration, Physical Plant, faculty, students, etc. The UAM Campus Tree Board currently has 10 members, who meet every 2-3 months to discuss campus tree planting and tree care issues.

2) Tree Care Plan – provides guidelines for proper tree planting, tree care, tree protection
during construction activities, and tree replacement (see link on this website).

3) Student service project – usually a tree planting, tree care, or educational project related to trees.

4) Tree care expenditures equivalent to $3 per student

UAM enrollment is about 3500 students, expenditures total at least $10,500 each year for tree planting, pruning, and other tree care.

5) Arbor Day Observance.

The annual Arbor Day celebration brings together campus representatives for comments about the importance and benefits of trees and a ceremonial tree planting.

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872 in Nebraska, it is celebrated throughout the nation and world.

Arbor Day in Arkansas is usually celebrated on the third Monday in March, but Arbor Day can be celebrated any day of the year by planting a tree and taking good care of it.

Arbor Week 2015

Arbor Week – University of Arkansas at Monticello

UA-Monticello celebrated Arbor Day with four days of activities (Arbor Week) during the week of March 30, 2015. UAM was one of the national winners in the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA contest last fall, and planned several extra activities on campus.

UAM received and displayed several yard signs and large banners announcing UA-Monticello as a Tree Campus USA participant. The week of activities included a tree mulching project by students, who mulched about 180 campus trees. Each student received an Arbor Day/Tree Campus USA t-shirt and hat (provided by Arbor Day Foundation). Several students participated in a tree-themed Scavenger Hunt, where 15 tasks had to be completed between Monday and Thursday morning. Other students competed in a tree/Arbor Day-themed Quiz Bowl. Winners of both activities received a $250 cash prize. The Student Government Association officers placed several Arbor Day/Tree Benefits signs next to selected trees on campus.

The week culminated on Thursday with a joint Monticello/UAM Arbor Day ceremony and cookout. Monticello’s Tree City USA (7th award) and UAM’s Tree Campus USA flags (5th award) were presented by AFC urban representative Jerry Lynn to Mayor Zach Tucker for the City of Monticello, and Interim Chancellor Jay Jones for UAM. Seventy 4th-graders from Drew Central Elementary School attended the ceremony and cookout, and participated in a PLT activity led by Hope Bragg (UA Coop. Extension). Special guest at the ceremony was Smokey Bear, escorted by District 1 personnel. About 200 students, faculty, and staff, along with Monticello Tree Board and other community representatives, attended the ceremony and cookout.

Events and activities were sponsored by the UAM Building and Grounds/Tree Board committees and the Office of Student Programs and Activities.

Based on this year’s success, plans for next year are to continue some of the activities implemented this year, including the scavenger hunt, quiz bowl, and cookout. The elementary school classes will also be invited back for the Arbor Day ceremony.

Arbor Day 2016

Arkansas Forestry Commission District Arborist Jerry Lynn presented the Tree Campus USA flag to UAM Chief of Staff Lisa Shemwell. Students mulching 120 trees in the UAM Arboretum behind the Science Center.

Photo 1: Arbor Day 2016 was celebrated on April 21 near the Clock Tower. Arkansas Forestry Commission District Arborist Jerry Lynn presented the Tree Campus USA flag to UAM Chief of Staff Lisa Shemwell. SGA President Aliyah Kennedy and SGA Secretary Bryson Berry spoke briefly about Arbor Day and the benefits of trees to our campus. Afterwards, the group planted a chinkapin oak.

Photo 2: As part of the Arbor Day 2016 activities, students mulched 120 trees in the UAM Arboretum behind the Science Center.

Trees Provide Us With Many Benefits Everyday:

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