Sac State Named Tree Campus USA
In October, the Arbor Day Foundation named Sacramento State a Tree Campus USA.
The University achieved the designation by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five requirements: a tree advisory committee, 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.
Sacramento State is just the sixth California university to be honored as a Tree Campus USA. The University will be formally recognized during a ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 2:45 p.m. near the Library Quad. A presentation will be made by representatives of the Arbor Day Foundation and CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection).
Many of the campus' beautiful trees date back to 1953, during early construction of the campus. Some 3,000 saplings were planted, helping create the foundation for today's 3,500 plus trees that now shade the main campus, the University Arboretum, and Alumni Grove.
“The honor means a lot. We’re very proud of our trees,” says Robert Anchor, manager of University Grounds and Landscape Services. “It puts into place a higher maintenance standard and helps us stay ahead of potential problems. Trees were always an important part of this campus, and the maintenance practices will make sure they’re here for years to come.”
The University boasts more than 400 tree species. The most prevalent are coast redwoods and zelkova elms. There are more than 20 species of oak and pine scattered across 170 landscaped acres. The most diverse areas of plantings are in the University Arboretum and in the Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room and Garden, located in the University Library.
Sacramento, nicknamed “City of Trees,” has been one of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA designees for the past 35 years. So it’s fitting that Sacramento State is among 150 universities and colleges across the country to earn the title Tree Campus USA since the program’s inception in 2008.