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Campus Trees


Campus Tree Advisory Committee

Nancy Nusbaum, Associate Vice President for Finance and Support Services Planning, Chair
Tina Cade, Professor, Agriculture Department
Rodney Cobb, Director of Community Services, City of San Marcos
Jay Cody, Assistant Director of Grounds & Waste Management Operations
Kyle Estes, Associate Director, Housing and Residential Life
Glenn Hanley, Director, Campus Recreation
Megan Holmes, Graduate Student
David Lemke, Professor, Biology Department
Leyla Mayorga, Undergraduate Student


Tree Plan


Tree Campus USA
Class of 2012  

To obtain this distinction, Texas State University-San Marcos has met the five core 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, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects (more).


Photo of Water Tower and New Trees Tree Campus USA

November 30 2011- Texas State University has been recognized as a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation. Tree Campus USA recognizes the best practices in campus forestry throughout the United States. The goal of the program is to honor college campuses and leaders of their surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.

“I expect this designation will raise our awareness of the urban forest around us and help us appreciate—even more than we already do—the beauty and environmental role of our trees,” said Texas State President Denise Trauth. “We are proud to be among the first campuses in Texas to receive it.”

The Texas Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation jointly chose Texas State because of the current work the university is doing to involve its students in planting and caring for the trees across campus.
 
To earn Tree Campus USA recognition, a school must meet five core standards of tree care and community engagement: Establish a campus tree advisory committee; provide evidence of a campus tree-care plan; have dedicated annual expenditures toward the campus tree-care plan; hold an Arbor Day observance; organize a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.
 
Almost 200 volunteers turned out to celebrate Texas State becoming the newest Tree Campus USA. Students, faculty and staff along with San Marcos residents planted 71 trees on the west side of campus near the Speck Street Garage. The trees were donated by Toyota through the Arbor Day Foundation.
 
The new trees were specifically selected to thrive in the local soil and climate conditions. The diverse species planted include arroyo sweetwood, Mexican plum, retama, cedar elm, live oak, eastern red cedar, Mexican white oak and Texas redbud. Water-conserving irrigation was also installed, to help the young trees weather ongoing drought-like conditions until they fully establish themselves.
 

 

State Champion Trees

Big trees are a part of our Texas heritage. The Texas Forest Service coordinates the Big Tree Registry program in Texas, and the purpose of the program is to:
  • Locate and recognize the largest known species of its kind that grow in the State of Texas
  • Obtain the cooperation of tree owners to protect and preserve these specimens as landmarks for future generations to enjoy
  • Stimulate interest in and a greater appreciation of trees -- their worth as a natural resource and as individual specimens

The Texas State campus is the home of a champion Chinese pistache (Pistacia chinensis) and a champion Shumard oak (Quercus shumardii). The Chinese pistache is located in the 1300 block of Academy Street in front of the Ivey-Moore House. The Shumard oak is located in 600 block of University Drive near the JC Kellam Administration building.