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April 18, 2011
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University to recognize Tree Campus USA designation

Baldwin City, Kan. — Honored in February as a Tree Campus USA University, Baker University will commemorate the designation at 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 29, by planting an American hornbeam south of the Harter Union plaza between Mulvane Hall and the Grape Arbor on the Baldwin City campus.Springtime-in-Baldwin-City-6

The Arbor Day Foundation announced two months ago that Baker University earned Tree Campus USA recognition for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.

Tree Campus USA honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship. The program was launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation.

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 technician; Beth Hopkins, president of Earth We Are; and Chris Hamill, a member of the Baldwin Tree Board and local nurseryman.


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