Home to approximately 3,800 trees, the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis was recently recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA. Bald Cypress, Valley Forge Elm, Gingko, Swamp White Oak and Tulip Poplar are among the 46 different tree species and 76 varieties on campus.
The Arbor Day Foundation — a nonprofit conservation organization that seeks to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees — recognizes schools across the United States for their dedication to healthy campus forestry management and engaging the community in environmental stewardship.
“It is an honor for Washington University to be recognized nationally for its dedication to the environmentally responsible management of our trees, and for our programs to educate our campus and outside community on the beautiful variety of trees we have on the Danforth Campus,” says Kent Theiling, grounds manager/horticulturist for the Danforth Campus.
“One goal of the Tree Campus USA program is to help create healthier communities for its citizens through the planting of trees, and the City of St. Louis will certainly benefit from the university’s commitment to Tree Campus USA,” says John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation.
The Arbor Day Foundation launched Tree Campus USA in the fall of 2008 by planting trees at nine college campuses throughout the United States. Twenty-nine schools were named a Tree Campus USA in 2008, and in three years the number of schools has more than tripled to more than 100. WUSTL is among the first schools in Missouri to receive the honor.
For more information on the award, visit the university Newsroom: ‘Danforth Campus named a Tree Campus USA by Arbor Day Foundation.’
For more information about the Tree Campus USA program, visit the Arbor Day Foundation.