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Arbor Day Foundation honors DSU with 2019 Tree Campus USA® Recognition

April 29, 2020

DSU Facilities Management employees Dian Doblar, Brent Peterson, and Andrew Schaefers celebrated Arbor Day on April 24 by planting this Swiss Stone pine, one of five new trees on campus near the Heartland Technology Center. DSU has been named a Tree Campus USA for four years in a row.

DSU Facilities Management employees Dian Doblar, Brent Peterson, and Andrew Schaefers celebrated Arbor Day on April 24 by planting this Swiss Stone pine, one of five new trees on campus near the Heartland Technology Center. DSU has been named a Tree Campus USA for four years in a row.

Dakota State University has been honored with 2019 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is a distinction they have earned every year since 2016.

"Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation.

“Because of Dakota State University's participation air will be purer, water cleaner and your students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide.” 
Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation


The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Dakota State 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 385 campuses across the United States with this recognition.

DSU has been recognizing this commitment on campus by planting new trees on campus for Arbor Day since 2016. This year, five Swiss Stone pines were planted at the Heartland Technology Center. This type of pine is native to the Alps and Carpathian Mountains of central Europe.

“This will increase the variety of trees on campus,” said Andrew Schaefers, grounds supervisor at DSU.; There are well over 200 trees on campus, several conifer species and 20 deciduous.

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $51 million in campus forest management last year. This work directly supports the Arbor Day Foundation’s Time for Trees initiative — an unprecedented effort to plant 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspire five million tree planters by 2022. Last year, Tree Campus USA schools have collectively planted 34,515 trees and engaged 33,432 tree planters — helping us work toward these critical goals. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

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