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Feb. 23, 2011

Contacts: Mark Derowitsch, Arbor Day Foundation, 888-448-7337

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Arbor Day Foundation names Baker University

A Tree Campus USA University

Nebraska City, Neb. – Baker University today earned Tree Campus USA recognition for 2010 for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation announced. This is the first year Baker University has been named a Tree Campus USA.Chapel1

Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation and is supported by a grant from Toyota.

“By encouraging its students to plant trees and participate in service that will help the environment, Baker University is making a positive impact on its community that will last for decades,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “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 Baldwin City will certainly benefit from Baker University’s commitment to Tree Campus USA.”

Baker University met the five core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. The standards are: establish a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.

The Ivan Boyd Arboretum, established on the Baldwin City campus in 1978, has approximately 450 trees on the main campus and 114 species. The University annually adds species to the arboretum. To see more, go to

Members of the Arboretum Committee are Roger Boyd, director of natural areas; Nate Poell, technical services librarian; Darrell Hathaway, lead groundskeeper; Jeremy Portlock, energy management technican; Beth Hopkins, president of Earth We Are; and Chris Hamill, a member of the Baldwin Tree Board and local nurseryman.

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.

More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at


About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of more than 1 million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at