The Arbor Day Foundation named the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh a 2015 Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective community forestry management. This is the sixth consecutive year of recognition for UW Oshkosh.
Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
UW Oshkosh achieved the recognition by meeting five standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program and an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
The City of Oshkosh also has a Tree City USA designation, and the integration of the campus into the urban forestry program facilitates a community-wide forestry perspective that improves canopy coverage and environmental sustainability as well as providing enhanced benefit to citizens and visitors.
“We appreciate the current partnership with UWO immensely and applaud the continuing efforts to value trees as an important piece of the urban landscape,” said Bill Sturm, City of Oshkosh landscape operations manager and city forester.