What is Tree Campus?
The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. West Virginia University 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. Currently there are 364 campuses across the United States with this recognition.
WVU Tree Care Plan
- Increase and maintain diversity of tree species
- Develop preferred species list
- Develop ‘do not plant’ list
- Choose some species based on their potential for incorporation into the student curriculum
- Maintain and improve canopy cover in landscaped areas
- Current canopy is 8% and the target is 10% canopy cover
- Hire an arborist
- Assist arborist in attaining ISA Certification within one year
- Maintain tree inventory database
- Use the database to monitor tree health
- Educate the campus community on the importance and value of trees
- Keep stakeholders from negatively impacting trees
- Prepare people for when declining tree health necessitates removal of historic trees