West Virginia State University Designated a “Tree Campus USA”

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March 11, 2015
West Virginia State University Designated a “Tree Campus USA”
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) has received its second consecutive designation as a Tree Campus USA from the National Arbor Day Foundation. To date, WVSU remains the only institution of higher education in West Virginia to hold such a designation.

“West Virginia State has taken the initiative to ensure that our campus trees remain healthy and beautiful for years to come by using proper management techniques,” WVSU Extension Agent Brad Cochran said. “Tree Campus USA is a designation that we continue to be very proud of.”

To qualify, campuses must meet a series of criteria, including development and maintenance of a Campus Tree Board and Campus Tree Care Plan, having dedicated expenditures toward tree maintenance, hosting an annual Arbor Day observance, and holding an annual Service Learning Project on campus.

WVSU became the first institution in the state to receive Tree Campus USA designation for its tree care efforts last year.

“We worked hard in 2014 to ensure we were meeting each of the Arbor Day Foundation’s criteria and have continued that momentum,” said Cochran.

The Arbor Day Foundation partners with Toyota to sponsor the Tree Campus USA initiative.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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