To obtain this distinction, Texas State University 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).
From Gretchen Riley, Partnership Coordinator, Texas A&M Forest Service on our 2014 Tree Campus USA approval.
Your application for your 2014 recertification as a Tree Campus USA has been approved. A lot of work goes into seeking and maintaining the designation and we applaud your effort. Recognizing and encouraging the benefits of trees makes your campus and a better community for learning. Thank you!
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.
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.
Texas State University has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota as a Tree Campus USA school in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
For more information about Texas State University Arbor Day event, click here.