The Arbor Day Foundation has announced that Baker named Tree Campus USA recognition for its commitment to promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

The first university in Kansas to be recognized with the distinction, Baker has been honored seven consecutive years by the foundation.

To obtain this status, Baker University met the five core standards for effective campus forest management:

  • Tree advisory committee
  • Campus tree-care plan
  • Dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program
  • Arbor Day observance
  • Student service-learning project

“Your diligence in improving the environment and quality of life at Baker University contributes to a healthier planet for all of us,” said Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation president.

Tree Campus USA is a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging their students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

The Ivan Boyd Arboretum, located on the Baldwin City, Kansas, campus at Baker University, was founded in 1978. The arboretum contains specimens of 114 tree species.