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WVSU Designated a Tree Campus from National Arbor Day Foundation

4/27/2021
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April 27, 2021
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West Virginia State University Designated a Tree Campus from National Arbor Day Foundation
University Will Celebrate Honor with Arbor Day Tree Planting April 30
 
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) has received its eighth consecutive designation as a Tree Campus from the National Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. 

The university will celebrate the honor by hosting an Arbor Day tree planting Friday, April 30, at 3 p.m., at the Hazo W. Carter Integrated Research and Extension Building, located at the site of the former West Virginia Rehabilitation Center on the western edge of the Institute campus. The West Virginia Division of Forestry will present WVSU with the Tree Campus Higher Education award during the event.

“West Virginia State has always been a beautiful campus, and to receive this acknowledgment for our efforts to be good stewards of our trees, and to recognize the important role they play in our landscape, is truly an honor,” said Urban Forestry Extension Agent Liz Moss.

Moss is in the process of establishing a teaching arboretum on campus, which will serve as a space for educating people about proper tree care.

Tree Campus Higher Education, an Arbor Day Foundation program, honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. WVSU achieved the title by meeting 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 a student service-learning project. 

WVSU became the first institution in the state to receive Tree Campus Higher Education designation for its tree care efforts in 2014. Currently there are more than 400 campuses across the United States with this recognition.

The Carter Integrated Research and Extension Building is Building No. 36 on the WVSU Campus Map.
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